State, local law enforcement meet in Bootheel for "information sharing" event

KENNETT, MO (KAIT) – Southeast Missouri law enforcement and authorities from neighboring states met Wednesday afternoon to discuss effective strategies to fight crime across state lines.

"(The event was) basically a meet-and-greet. It's also a program about information sharing, ways to communicate better with each agency, whether you're in state or out of state, whether you're a small city or a large city,"said Dunklin County Sheriff Bob Holder.

Sheriff Holder organized the event that was held from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. at the American Legion building in Kennett.

"We have about 70 different agencies represented here from the state of Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee and Arkansas."

Osceola Police Chief David Gladden was recently part of two major operations involving many of the departments represented at the seminar. In January 2013, the Osceola Police Department worked with the Mississippi County Sheriff's Department, the Blytheville Police Department and the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force to arrest 11 people after a three-month long weapons and drug trafficking investigation.

In March 2013, OPD was part of Operation H.I.T.S. (High Intensity Trafficking Suppression), a two-year investigation that resulted in more than 100 people in Northeast Arkansas and Southeast Missouri facing state and federal charges for firearms, narcotics trafficking and violent crimes.

Gladden says events like the seminar in Kennett help to continue the fight against crime across the region.

"Crime goes across not only county lines and city lines, but goes across state lines. So we make contacts with other department heads. We're able to communicate and able to solve more crimes by working together."

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