Agreement to assist police departments

NEW MARKET — A new agreement will help three police departments in southern Shenandoah County.

The joint agency agreement would assist the New Market, Mount Jackson and Woodstock police departments by giving law enforcement officers authority to take action in other jurisdictions.

Sgt. Chris Rinker of the New Market Police Department said the agreement could prove beneficial if there’s an agency with officers out of the area.

“If we’re gone on an extended trip to the new regional jail or on a transport or temporary detention order,” he said, “we can contact the Mount Jackson Police Department and say, ‘We’re going to be gone. If you’re not too busy, do you mind coming to New Market and making a lap around town, or if there’s any calls, answer calls for us?'”

“Most likely, we’re not ever going to answer a call in the Town of Woodstock, but if the guys are at the jail and they’re coming back and there’s an impaired driver in front of them, with no Woodstock units in the area, they can act on it on their own,” he said.

Rinker said the agreement would only apply to on-duty and full-time police officers that are in uniform.

New Market Town Council approved the joint agency agreement at its meeting Tuesday, and Mount Jackson has also signed off on the agreement.

The town’s mutual aid agreement with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office will remain in effect.

In other business, New Market Town Council approved:

• Its capital improvement plan;

• Changing its events and marketing director position, held by Brittany Clem, from a part-time to full-time position;

• A conditional use permit for 214-216 E. Old Cross Road.

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or

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