02/08/11 Marshall County Sheriff Tom Chamberlin and Lake Maxinkuckee Association (LMA) president Jerry Butler announced Monday that the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department will assume patrol duties formerly managed by the LMA’s Lake Patrol effective April 1, 2011.
The specific terms of the partnership call for the LMA to provide the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department with all patrol vehicles, boats, and equipment necessary for patrolling the lake and surrounding roads. The Sheriff’s department will use off-duty personnel, reserves and special deputies each with full law enforcement powers to man the patrol (lake and roads). All costs associated with the endeavor will be primarily underwritten by the LMA and by a grant from the Department of Natural Resources. The road patrol will be supplemental to the regular patrol conducted by the Sheriff’s department in the ordinary course of their duties.
Sheriff Chamberlin indicated this arrangement is an excellent example of public-private partners collaborating to increase law enforcement activities at no cost to taxpayers and could serve as a model for future collaborative efforts.
LMA president Jerry Butler stated the effect of this arrangement is to provide increased protection for residents of Union Township, specifically those residing on and near Lake Maxinkuckee. Further, it places the role of administering this undertaking in the hands of the Sheriff.
About the Lake Maxinkuckee Association
Since 1897, Lake Maxinkuckee Association has promoted the general welfare of individuals who own property on Lake Maxinkuckee as well as the thousands of people utilizing the lake and its adjacent property. The organization is incorporated as a 501(c)(3) public charity and is governed by a board of directors. Since 1952, LMA has provided a police and rescue squad on the lake and surrounding roads. Formerly, the LMA used special deputies commissioned by the Marshall County Sheriff for the patrol.
About Marshall County Sheriff’s Department
Formed in 1836, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department provides quality law enforcement, serving over 47,000 residents, and encompassing 450 squares miles.