Galena Police Chief Billy Charles, Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves, Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser and Joplin Police Chief Matt Stewart recently signed an agreement that commits to assisting each other in times of emergency.

 

​​New Missouri law allows officers to cross over into other states and jurisdictions and assist. In advance of a disasters or emergency events, liabilities for insurance and workman’s comp are already determined.

According to a media release an agreement has been in place for several years however newly passed legislation affords additional protection to agencies when working together during a disaster or situation.

“Benefits more of the counties and municipalities it gives them more protection with regards to liability and work comp insurance. It clarifies who is going to be responsible for what if an officer were to get injured for example while performing a mutual aid assistance kind of function,” Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser.

Attending and signing the agreement were Galena Police Chief Billy Charles, Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves, Jasper County Sheriff Randee Kaiser and Joplin Police Chief Matt Stewart.

“By signing these law enforcement agencies signified their commitment to help each other in times of emergency, for instance the Baxter Springs tornado or back to the 2011 Joplin tornado. You can’t wait until the insurance people approve that you go help across state lines. People need help immediately in a disaster situation,” he said.

Kaiser goes on to conclude, “Joplin, Jasper County more than anybody else can understand the benefits of these mutual aid type agreements. This assistance and ability to help each other out in times of need. You want to be able to do that to help each other and not to have to worry about if someone hurts themself in the process who’s going to be responsible for it, this really clarifies that.”

By Shannon Becker  Gretchen Bolander | Four Stateshomepage.com