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Water Patrol would be able to make arrests on land

May 11, 2004
By: Cliff Judy
State Capital Bureau

The Missouri House passed a bill to allow the state's Water Patrol to make arrests out of the water and anywhere in the state. Cliff Judy has more from the state Capitol.

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Supporters of the bill say the state's Water Patrol is too limited by a jurisdiction that only extends 600 feet beyond waterway shorelines.

Camdenton Representative Wayne Cooper says he thinks the bill is common sense.

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Contents: Cooper says, "To not allow them to go ahead and make an arrest when somebody commits a crime in their presence...it's sort of like having a doctor on the scene from an adjacent county. If somebody went into cardiac arrest and then you say well you can't to CPR because it's not in your jurisdiction."

Opponents of the bill say they worry it could overly extend the Water Patrol's jurisdiction. From the state Capitol, I'm Cliff Judy.

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The Missouri House passed a bill to extend the state's Water Patrol jurisdiction onto the land. Cliff Judy is in Jefferson City with the story.

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Opponents of the bill say they worry about giving the Water Patrol too much power.

Representative Wayne Henke says he doesn't think the Water Patrol's jurisdiction should go beyond the current limits of 600 feet beyond waterway shorelines.

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Contents: Henke says, "I just don't feel like they ought to be able to drive from the Lake of the Ozarks up to my county in Lincoln and avoid my local sheriff and go serve that search warrant on that person."

The bill's supporters say the Water Patrol's current power is too limited and the bill is a matter of common sense. From the state Capitol, I'm Cliff Judy.

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The Missouri House passed a bill passed a bill extending the power of the state's Water Patrol onto land. Cliff Judy has more from the state Capitol.

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The bill's opponents say they worry the bill could give the Water Patrol too much power.

But Camdenton Representative Wayne Cooper says the Water Patrol won't have complete power and needs the bill to do its job.

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Contents: Cooper says, "I think they're still going to have a limit to their jurisdiction and they're not going to be out doing investigations all over the place. It's just that when crimes are committed within their jurisdiction, they'll have the authorization to follow up and complete that investigation."

The bill's supporters say the Water Patrol is too confined by its current jurisdiciton limits of only 600 feet from waterway shorelines. From the state Capitol, I'm Cliff Judy.