First off I can make little sense of your first two paragraphs. And Calling back the police from the border does not seem odd since they will need to direct traffic and keep order until the power comes back on...
This is pretty messed up.
My used to handle this stuff a couple of years ago, it doesnt add up.
3 Places are down when they make there own power. I live near one. They are not normally connected. They are only connected when a man actually goes out to the station, the computers only tell what stat there in.
So these places should never be down. I know a couple of firemen in my town, I also have a scanner(radio). There calling back all cops from a border, something that is very odd.