Pott. County Sheriff: Anti-crime task force paying off

Kim Morava

A newly-formed Oklahoma task force that involves local sheriff's deputies is working together and making a difference in property crime cases and recovering stolen property.

MASE — the Multi-jurisdiction Anti-Crime Support Effort, is a coalition of several agencies in central Oklahoma, including the Pottawatomie and Lincoln County Sheriff's Offices.

Local deputies, along with law enforcement from the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, tribal and other city police agencies, are working together to help solve burglary cases and help find and return stolen property to its rightful owners.

Since the collaboration began in late fall, MASE has recovered in excess of $150,000 in stolen property, said Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth.

By sharing resources, leads and working together on their investigative efforts, MASE has been able track down suspects, accomplices and stolen property in several counties.

Booth, who said the agencies work well together, said crime has no boundary lines and investigators are often chasing the same burglary suspects, no matter the jurisdiction.

“It's a battle for all of us,” he said, adding the task force is helping everyone.

Through the efforts of MASE, Booth said burglary rings have been identified and the cooperative efforts have resulted in several arrests.

Each agency brings a unique expertise or offering to the task force. Pottawatomie County provides its drone and drone pilots to the group, which allows law enforcement to safely survey an area or helps when apprehending suspects or serving warrants.

Lincoln County offers its mobile command and communications unit to the task force and several other agencies have contributions to MASE.

Overall, Booth said the task force benefits the residents of all the jurisdictions involved.

Members of MASE communicate frequently and also hold monthly meetings as part of their combined efforts.

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