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Under the agreement, Salem, Roanoke, Roanoke County and Vinton would be able to enforce the law in other another's jurisdictions.
Monday, April 8, 2013
Bad guys don’t recognize jurisdictional boundaries, the police like to say.
Soon, police in Salem, Roanoke, Roanoke County and the town of Vinton won’t have to, either.
On Monday, the Salem City Council joined the Roanoke City Council in approving an extra territorial police agreement that will allow officers from any of the four participating localities to enforce the law in one another’s jurisdictions. Elected officials in Roanoke County and Vinton will take the measure up soon.
“It just gives us a little bit of authority in each other’s jurisdictions,” said Salem Police Chief Jeff Dudley. Essentially, when an officer travel ing in one of the other localities witnesses a crime, that officer will no longer have to report that crime to local authorities. The officer will be able make a traffic stop or an arrest on his or her own.
Roanoke and Roanoke County have operated under such an agreement since 1996. This latest agreement brings Salem and Vinton into the mix.
Dudley said it’s becoming increasingly necessary as police travel across political boundaries more and more often, delivering or retrieving prisoners from neighboring jails or the regional jail and appearing in court.
The agreement will bring efficiency to inter jurisdictional drug investigations and other joint efforts, Dudley said.
In Salem’s case, it will simplify Dudley’s ability to bring on officers from the partner departments to help major events such as the Salem Fair.
“The departments are all working together really well,” Dudley said. “This is just another step in that direction.”
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