COVID-19 Field Feature: Historic Pact Between Neighboring Agencies Offers Aid During Global Pandemic [open pdf - 1018KB]
From the Document: "The COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic highlighted the critical importance of collaboration across agencies. As the chief of Riverside (Illinois) Police Department, I wanted to incorporate protocols for our small community to dispatch our police officers to assist other jurisdictions, and receive assistance, when needed during this unprecedented time. The original idea for a mutual aid pact between the Illinois villages of Riverside, McCook, Brookfield, and North Riverside was sparked by the fact that these communities already participate in a consolidated dispatch center--West Central Consolidated Communications (WC3). Since a common infrastructure was already in place, it made sense to leverage that arrangement for additional benefits. Under the proposed mutual aid pact, WC3 would pick from the officers on call to respond to any of the communities within the consolidated dispatch center and assist each other with 'all' calls for police service--not just those occurring within the geographic boundaries of discrete jurisdictions."
Community Oriented Policing Services: https://cops.usdoj.gov/