Police mutual aid pact updated

FLINT TWP. — The township board has approved the Genesee County Mutual Police Assistance Agreement, as drafted by the Genesee County Association of Chiefs of Police, said township Police Chief George Sippert.

Local municipalities have worked under a mutual aid agreement for decades but it had not been updated in a while, Chief Sippert said, who added that the new agreement had been reviewed and approved by township attorney Peter Goodstein.

Parties in the agreement are located in proximity to each other and recognize the mutual advantage in rendering supplemental police protection in the event of an emergent need or special police need of the magnitude that has developed, appears to be developing or is anticipated where the special police need is beyond the capability of a single police department, according to the purpose stated in the agreement.

Special Police need examples include but are not limited to assistance by a specialized unit (e.g. canine, bomb disposal); assistant to respond to an urgent or emergency incident such as a crime, disaster (tornado, ice storm etc.), or critical incident of extended duration (civil disorder, riot, barricade suspect).

The agreement spells out the procedure for requesting assistance, responding to a request for assistance and the ranking and responsibility of the Senior Officer.

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