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4 Corners Agreement Renewed
Friday, April 17, 2009


Four Sheriff’s to Renew “Four Corners” Mutual Aide Agreement

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(Release Date: April 17, 2009) One year ago, the Sheriffs of Clay, Alachua, Bradford and Putnam Counties met in Melrose to sign a new mutual aide agreement appropriately named the “Four Corners Cops without Borders” initiative. This agreement has now been effect for one year and it is time to renew the agreement with the added involvement of the two newly-elected Sheriffs from two of the four counties.

Please join us on Monday, April 20th at 1pm at the intersection of SR 21 and SR 26 in Melrose for this signing event.

Sheriff Sadie Darnell of Alachua County, Sheriff Gordon Smith of Bradford County, Sheriff Rick Beseler of Clay County and Sheriff Jeff Hardy of Putnam County will meet at the “Four Corners” area, where all four counties meet, to sign the paperwork that continues this cooperative plan. There is a vacant lot just north of the intersection on SR 21 (next to the grocery store) where agency personnel will meet.

Much like the Cops without Borders agreement already in place between Clay and Duval counties, the Four Corners agreement puts policies in action that allow deputies and detectives from all four agencies to better communicate about cases and to track and arrest dangerous, violent suspects across county lines, specifically in cases of violent crimes and arrest warrants. The goal is to better combat cross-county crime by expanding the law enforcement authority needed to quickly catch violent suspects and solve crimes. There are incidents each year that may involve a violent crime committed in one county, a suspect located in another and victims found in yet another. The Sheriffs will have examples of cases from the last twelve months that demonstrate the usefulness of this agreement.

Law enforcement agencies have the authority under Part I, Chapter 23, Florida Statutes, "The Florida Mutual Aid Act", to enter into voluntary agreements for cooperation and assistance of a routine law enforcement nature that crosses jurisdictional lines and this agreement certainly will help local authorities to better protect the residents of Alachua, Bradford, Clay, and Putnam Counties.

Members of the media are encouraged to attend this event. Copies of the agreement will be available Monday. All four Sheriffs will attend and can answer any questions at that time.

Thank you,

Mary Justino





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