Four-Corners Mutual Aid Agreement
Apr 18, 2017
Left to Right: Sheriff H.D. “Gator” DeLoach, Sheriff Darryl Daniels, Sheriff Gordon Smith,
Sheriff Sadie Darnell meet to sign mutual aid agreement.
Melrose FL: On Monday April 10, 2017 at approximately 10:00 am Putnam County hosted the signing of a mutual aid agreement between Alachua, Bradford, Clay, and Putnam counties. The ceremony, held in the historic George Lansing Taylor Jr. building in Melrose, was attended by Sheriff DeLoach of Putnam, Sheriff Daniels of Clay, Sheriff Smith of Bradford and Sheriff Darnell of Alachua. The signing signaled the renewal of an agreement between the four counties which was originally signed on March 24, 2008.
The “four corners” of the counties (and thus the name of the agreement) come together in the town of Melrose. Unfortunately, they do not come together along neat and easily discernable lines. The agreement enhances the ability of the four primary law enforcement agencies operating in that area to render and receive aid and enforce laws across normal jurisdictional borders.
Sheriff Gator Deloach said “I have worked in the Melrose area for many years and I know first-hand how quickly taking law enforcement action can require you to move from one county to the next. A deputy jumping fences and running between houses could easily end up two jurisdictions removed from where he started in a matter of minutes. This agreement allows law enforcement to move more freely across jurisdictional boundaries to provide for the safety and preservation of lives and property of all citizens of the region”.
Captain Hancel Woods
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office