Shawnee Co. and Jackson Co. cross deputization to combat crime

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Two counties, two agencies, one goal. Combat crime.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office and Jackson County Sheriff’s Office have cross deputized Investigators and command staff from both agencies.

They say it’s “a collaborative effort to solve crimes and catch criminals.”

The two agencies came up with the idea while Sheriff Tim Morse and Sheriff Brian Hill were visiting Washington, D.C.

“Criminals and criminal activity don’t necessarily stop at the county line,” said Morris.

Morris said they have found several fugitives from Shawnee County hiding in his county.

“It is important for law enforcement to be able to use the resources it has been entrusted with to protect the public,” he added.

Both offices will share intelligence information especially when fighting narcotic trafficking. They hope it will also reduce the amount burglaries and thefts.

“There is no limit to what can be accomplished when the channels of cooperation between agencies are opened up. We are dealing with many of the same criminals who are committing crimes in both counties,” said Morris.