Montana Highway Patrol Responds to North Dakota’s Request for Emergency Aid
Law enforcement officials in North Dakota requested help from Montana under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). EMAC is an agreement between all 50 states. It is codified in Montana law in MCA 10-3-10 (http://leg.mt.gov/bills/mca_toc/10_3_10.htm). EMAC requests are governor-to-governor.
After North Dakota’s EMAC request for assistance was approved by the Montana Governor’s Office, the Attorney General’s Office then authorized the Montana Highway Patrol to deploy 10 troopers. The deployment began on October 29 and is scheduled to last 14 days. Montana’s troopers are serving under the unified command structure, which consists of the North Dakota Highway Patrol and local sheriff offices. North Dakota is paying all costs associated with the deployment.