Delaware City Council approved a couple of measures at its Monday meeting that should make fighting crime easier.
First was an ordinance for the Delaware Police Department to receive a non-transferable license of the software known as JailTracker from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office.
A fact sheet from city staff states: “This will be mutually beneficial as it will save time booking Delaware Police Department prisoners into the county jail, and it will save the city the cost of a new system. Currently, the city is using a booking system that is out of maintenance and failing.”
“This a good two-way agreement,” said Police Chief Bruce Pijanowski. The county will not charge the city, he said.
“The service being provided is a proactive cooperative law enforcement venture,” the ordinance states.
The city will install the software, and “is solely responsible for any training, troubleshooting, enhancements, and any and all costs that are related or incidental to its use of the license,” the ordinance said.
Next was to again be a partner with the Delaware County Law Enforcement Against Pushers program, a countywide multi-jurisdictional drug task force. The police department will assign officers to be part of the task force.
The task force “has the primary mission of pursuing and prosecuting groups or individuals who manufacture, distribute or sell drugs … to reduce the availability of drugs in our community,” said the council fact sheet. “The ongoing coordination of effort is necessary to most effectively combat drug crimes in the city and the county.”
“This is a longstanding relationship,” Pijanowski said of the LEAP program.
Council member Kyle Rohrer, who is also the county’s first assistant prosecuting attorney, said a member of the task force was involved in a recent successful drug trafficking case.
Also approved was participation in the Delaware County Adult Protective Services Interdisciplinary Team which, the fact sheet states, “provides roles and responsibilities for preventing, reporting, investigating and prosecuting elder abuse cases in Delaware County.”
Although it required council approval, Pijanowski said of preventing elder abuse that “we do this every day.”
Finally, a temporary prosecutor will be hired for the city’s Prosecutor’s Office, because a current prosecutor is on extended sick leave. The position is considered a seasonal employee at a pay rate of $24 an hour, not to exceed $15,000.
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