Monroe County uses smarts and cooperation to fight crime
Better suspect-processing procedures save money while keeping more cops on the street
March 2, 2014
Beyond a tall, climb-resistant fence topped with thick rows of razor wire is a solitary door leading into the Monroe County Correctional Facility. Behind that unremarkable-looking door are the results of a countywide collaboration that has changed the way the judicial system and law enforcement do business.
Monroe County created three units — a central booking center, "virtual courtroom," and central DUI center — that puts more police officers on the street, increases security at the courthouse and saves taxpayers money. It's an ambitious interagency partnership among state police, regional police, local police, county and magisterial district courts, the district attorney's office, sheriff's office and correctional facility.
The key? Pool resources and separate administrative duties from the cop on the street.