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AVON – The Village and Town are reviewing an agreement that explicitly empowers Village Police to make traffic stops across the center lines of three roads on the Eastern and Southern borders of the Village, putting in writing that Village police have full authority on Pole Bridge Road, Lake Road, and Linden Street.
At Thursday’s Avon Town Board meeting, town attorney James Campbell submitted a draft of a legal agreement to the Board, which would formally allow police to work on Pole Bridge Road, Lake Road and Linden Street, though the law says that the Village Police can enforce traffic law within 100 yards of the Village limit.
“It is crucial that we let the public know about where police can work,” said Campbell. “It is critical that we make it abundantly clear that in the case of enforcement that goes to court, if a defendant alleges that Village Police had no jurisdiction we need to be able to say that they are empowered to to do their jobs there.”
Sheriff Dougherty said that the agreement does not pertain to complaints other than traffic complaints, and the Sheriff’s Office will still handle investigations on the town side of these roads.
The Sheriff added that the Sheriff’s Office and Avon Police Department are working together on traffic issues on Lake Road and Pole Bridge Road.
Campbell added that the plan has yet to be approved by the Town and Village, but pending this it could go into effect as early as May.
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