Missouri bill aims to ease sheriff help between counties
ST. JOSEPH (AP) — A proposed Missouri House bill would simplify the process of sheriff's deputies helping in another county.
The St. Joseph News-Press reports that the bill would allow a sheriff or deputy sheriff to assist each other's departments even if they're not in adjoining counties.
The current law allows sheriff and deputy sheriffs in next-door counties to help one another. Republican state Rep. Kenneth Wilson says there's a need for help in many rural counties with low budgets.
The new bill also says a sheriff or deputy sheriff helping another county would be considered an employee of the corresponding department and would receive expense reimbursement, overtime and workers' compensation.
Col. Bill Puett of the Buchanan County Sheriff's Department says this bill would cut out paperwork, making the process more efficient.