Oneida County Sheriff deputizes UPD narcotics unit

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department and Utica Police have made a move that eliminates borders and strengthens their power in the war on drugs.

Posted: Oct 31, 2018 5:25 PM

The Oneida County Sheriff's Department and Utica Police have made a move that eliminates borders and strengthens their power in the war on drugs.

The sheriff, undersheriff, police chief and deputy chief met about a month ago. The sheriff suggested deputizing UPD's metro (drug) unit. The move has given those four officers greater reach when working on drug investigations.

"It means that we can make arrests anywhere in the county. However, any type of situation like that, we'd be working with the sheriff's department, in any case," says Utica Police Chief, Mark Williams.

Williams says investigators often develop leads that bring them outside the city. This will make those investigations more fluid and seamless, and, foster a greater spirit of cooperation between the two agencies-which will strengthen their capabilities on the street.

"When I first came on, they pretty much told us, 'we don't leave the city of Utica and no one comes in the city of Utica'. You just find that crime doesn't have borders and we all need to work together within our separate jurisdictions and accomplish a lot of good for our citizens."

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