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UPDATE: The Mutual Aid Agreement was unanimously approved Tuesday at a meeting of the Village Board of Trustees.

ORIGINAL STORY: Pending approval of the Sturtevant Board of Trustees, the village is set to enter a mutual aid agreement with the City of Racine that would allow their police departments to take action in the other’s respective jurisdiction.

Sturtevant already has mutual aid agreements with Mount Pleasant and Caledonia, as does Racine, and Sturtevant Police Chief Sean Marschke said the new agreement with Racine “mirrors” them.

Thus, following approval of the agreement, all four police department’s will have jurisdiction in eastern Racine County, with the exception of Elmwood Grove, Wind Point and North Bay.

“This agreement blankets and covers them, which is exactly what we want, to act as police officers,” Marschke told the committee on public safety, technology and health.

The reason for the request: Sturtevant officers often encounter situations that require a police response while enroute to the jail in downtown Racine or the emergency room at Ascension All-Saints Hospital, Marschke said, and the new agreement gives them the authority to respond.

“Of course our officers are in uniform and people recognize them as police, and they expect them to take action when something happens in the emergency room,” he said.

Similarly, the agreement allows Racine police officers the ability to respond within Sturtevant’s jurisdiction Marschke also noted that it reduces the delay when officers from a different municipality are needed.

“The City of Racine has assisted us many times in some major investigations,” he said.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.