Interagency Cooperation Abstracts
Operation Blue Light
Agency: Dearborn (Michigan) Police Department
Year: 2015 Finalist
Contact: Sergeant David H. Marshall - dmarshall [at] ci.dearborn.mi.us
Seeking to curb the number of crimes affecting jurisdictions individually, this department unveiled a multi-jurisdictional, holistic approach across the spectrum of the region. The goal is to improve, multi-directional information sharing capabilities and processes among vested stakeholders. When the initiative was reaching the planning stages, 36 agencies were already participating. By the next implementation, that number had tripled. The supportive relationships between the agencies promoted communication and had a deterrent effect on criminal activity. Perhaps the most significant achievement has been the paradigm shift for the law enforcement agencies. Officers were extraordinarily successful during the two combined enforcement efforts. While increasing arrest averages by 27 percent and ticket averages by 49.6 percent, use of force and pursuits remained virtually unchanged. The project met or exceeded expectations in enforcement statistics, community relations, and inter-agency cooperation.
Agency: Ohio Department of Public Safety - Ohio State Highway Patrol
Year: 2015 Semifinalist
Contact: Staff Lieutenant Matt Warren - mwarren [at] dps.ohio.gov
The mission of this project is to bring law enforcement agencies together to address concerns regarding traffic safety and criminal activity. Looking beyond the ticket during a traffic stop has yielded effective results and uncovered criminal activities that in the past may have gone undetected. The program has proven to be a force multiplier and maximizes law enforcement capabilities to provide relief to affected communities. A Shield Detail can be developed in a matter of weeks, executed over a multi-day period and produce measurable results immediately. Each agency brings a variety of resources to the table and the sharing of those resources is invaluable. Courts provide on-call judges so arrest warrants can be approved on the spot, phlebotomists can draw blood at the scene, and drug abuse counselors on the scene can expedite getting an arrestee into a program in lieu of incarceration. To date, more than 114 federal, state and local agencies across the state have participated in the program.