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Sturgis Police Have New Mutual Aid Agreement
Friday May 30, 2014 1:47pm
Sturgis, MI

By: Mike Stiles

(STURGIS) – The Sturgis Police Department has a new mutual aid agreement in place.

Director of Public Safety Geoff Smith presented the new agreement to the City Commission during their Wednesday night meeting. The current mutual aid agreement is seven years old and outdated.

The agreement allows for all police departments in St. Joseph County to take advantage of a mutually beneficial rendering of assistance by supplementing police protection in the event of special police needs.

Mayor Ken Malone asked if a call came in for mutual assistance, would Sturgis Police leave the City unprotected. mith said no, unless there were extenuating circumstances. ...... {LISTEN}.

Smith says many times the mutual aid is when additional officers are needed for a special event such as the Michigan Week and Sturgis Fest parades. However there have been times when officers from other departments in St. Joseph County were needed for an investigation, like the Brittany Beers Case and the Rosemary Reinel Case.

The Commissioners unanimously approved the new mutual aid agreement.

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