HARTFORD, Conn. — Thirteen Connecticut state troopers have been deployed to Puerto Rico as the island continues to recover from a September hurricane.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says the troopers, 12 of whom are fluent in Spanish, will patrol and provide security and traffic assistance along with the island’s local police. The crew departed early Monday morning from Bradley International Airport.

Malloy says he’s “incredibly proud” of the troopers who volunteered to help the people of Puerto Rico. He says their efforts build upon the more than 70 hurricane recovery missions the Connecticut National Guard has performed.

With its large Puerto Rican population, Connecticut has taken various steps to help both residents living on the island and evacuees who’ve relocated to the state since Hurricane Maria hit the island two months ago.