Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

Opinion

October 12, 2012

United effort

Agreement should improve law enforcement in Corbin

ASHLAND — The office of Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway has yet to sign off on an agreement between local law enforcement agencies and local governments in Rockcastle, Laurel, Knox, Whitley and Clay counties and the cities of Corbin,  Barbourville, London and Williamsburg, but that should be a mere formality. The unusual agreement that will allow officials to cross jurisdictional lines has the promise of greatly improving law enforcement in Corbin and surrounding communities.

The problem is because Corbin is in both Whitley and Knox counties and part of the suburbs extend into Laurel County. That creates a jurisdiction nightmare for police officers.

Laurel County Sheriff Rodney Van Zant said a crime committed right across the street is often just outside a department’s jurisdiction. Recognizing the problem, the judge-executives in Rockcastle, Laurel, Knox, Whitley and Clay counties have approved the multijurisdictional agreement. Conway should do the same. After all, crime does not stop at the city limits or county line.

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