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COLUMBIA - After positive results from a recent multi-jurisdictional saturation effort to reduce crime, the Columbia Police Department plans to hold another one.

The Columbia Police Department, in cooperation with the Boone County Sheriff's Department, MU Police Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and U.S. Marshals service, conducted a three-day joint effort to address a recent crime spike in Boone County.

The saturation effort took place August 1-3.

Captain Jill Schlude said she was only given three weeks to set this event. She said it was a perfect time of year have an event like this because school is out of session and the different departments are not as busy.

The saturation effort was the longest they have had and the first since October 2012.

"We've done one or two days in the past," she said.

Beyond three days, she said, it gets very taxing on resources.

Schlude said this isn't the first time CPD has worked with other departments, but this was on a much greater scale.

"We love doing coordinated work," she said. "Anytime you have more people dedicated to an operation, the results are always going to be better." 

During the three day period, officers conducted over 200 traffic stops and arrested 40 people. Arrests included traffic offenses, drug offenses and multiple arrests on outstanding warrants for charges ranging from burglary to robbery.  

Schlude said CPD already works closely with Boone County.

"We spend a lot of time with their folks," she said. "Especially their narcotics and street crime folks."

Schlude said she plans on coordination more frequent saturation efforts in the future, but on a smaller scale.

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