Gov. Ricketts welcomes home troopers deployed to border, announce grant recipients

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KCAU) — Nebraska State Troopers have returned from their mission at the southern border where they rode with Texas Troopers as they managed the ongoing border crisis. 

“What that does it that’s a force multiplier. Because now this trooper in texas has his backup sitting next to him in the vehicle. Rather than calling for backup 30 or 40 miles away when dealing with the situation,” said Captain Jason Scott, Commander of Special Operations Division, NSP. 

During the 24-day deployment, Nebraska Troopers assisted with more than 500 traffic stops and made arrests for narcotics, weapons, and human smuggling, as well as for sex offenses against minors and child exploitation. 

PREVIOUS STORY: Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts held a press conference Thursday afternoon.

At the press conference, Ricketts talked about Nebraska State Troopers returning from a deployment in Texas to assist in managing the border as well as announcing recipients of the Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI) grants.

Nebraska State Patrol Superintendent, Colonel John Bolduc, joined the Governor to discuss the work accomplished by the state troopers during the deployment in Texas.

Nebraska Department of Economic Development Director Tony Goins, as well as a representative from each company receiving a 2021 DYTI grant, also spoke. The DYTI was established in 2015 in response to a growing demand for skilled workers in fields such as manufacturing and information technology. It has since been expanded by Ricketts to include engineering and healthcare.

Watch a replay of the press conference below.

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