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MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING between the COLUMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE and the COLUMBIA COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DEPARTMENT of SCHOOL SAFETY WHEREAS, the Sheriff of Columbia County, Georgia, Clay N. Whittle, and the Director of the Columbia County Board of Education Department of School Safety, Lance Poss, are committed to the highest degree of professional law enforcement service to their respective service areas, all principals agree to the following Memorandum of Understanding: 1. There shall be routine patrol by the Columbia County Sheriff's Office deputies within the jurisdiction of any Columbia County schoo! campus. 2. Columbia County deputies observing violations within the jurisdiction of any Columbia County school campus shall take proper police action immediately and request the presence of a Columbia County Board of Education Department of School Safety officer at the scene to show professional working respect. 3. Violations of the law reported to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office, which occurred or are occurring within the jurisdiction of any Columbia County school campus shall be handled by the Columbia County Sheriff’ Office exclusively. The decision to bring criminal charges will rest solely with the Sheriff's Office and any illegal contraband or any illegal substance taken into possession will remain in the custody of the Sheriff's Office. The Columbia County Board of Education Department of Schoo! Safety will not house or retain evidence gathered in the course of any investigation. 4. Additionally, Columbia County deputies may enter the jurisdiction of any school campus: ) When in pursuit of violators. b)_ When requested by Columbia County Board of Education Department of School Safety officer to provide assistance. ©) When performing follow-up investigation of reported events which occurred outside the jurisdiction of the school campus. 5. Columbia County Board of Education Department of School Safety officers shall notify the Columbia County Sheriff's Office immediately upon detection of a crime or upon the receipt of information that a crime is about to be committed. 6. The Sheriff of Columbia County reserves the right to request assistance the Georgia Bureau of Investigation shoytd/he feel that such assistance is justified. 'N. Whittle, Sheff Sandra Carraway, Sup nd Lance Poss, Director coldfata County sheifs office Coca ee epermen Columbia County Board of auction Sepeiment of Seal ery s)o [3 O% D113 Tate Date

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