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Memorandum of Understanding 

Medina County Council of Governments and the City of Medina

On April 13, 2010 Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell, Medina County Commissioner Pat Geissman, Medina Drug Task Force Director Gary Hubbard, and Medina Police Chief Patrick Berarducci participated in Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony at Medina City Hall.
The ceremony commemorates the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Medina County Council of Governments and the City of Medina to develop a more effective partnership regarding drug enforcement efforts. The participant’s goal is to have this MOU and its provisions serve as a catalyst to bring wider participation in the Medina County Drug Task Force and more effectively address drug enforcement issues.
The MOU represents the first time in which a city police department has assigned a full time officer to work on the Medina County Drug Task Force and outlines the financial arrangement governing the assignment. 
In 2010 the Medina Police Department and the Medina County Sheriff’s Department joined forces to deliver better services to their communities under “Operation Teamwork”. The approach has lowered overall operating costs for both agencies by combining their special enforcement teams and forming a closer working relationship.
The departments combined their SWAT Teams and Jail operations in an effort to save against rising costs. The move has provided more efficient law enforcement operations for the residents of Medina County and the City of Medina. 
With Operation Teamwork we save money on training costs and equipment and we have a more effective law enforcement response because of our willingness to work together. 

In 2010, the Medina Police Department closed its four temporary detention cells and instead take all prisoners to the Medina County Jail for processing and detention. The police department converted the jail space to other uses and its officers are available to return to patrol much more quickly. The city will also no longer face the high liability of operating even a short term detention facility and the associated costs of regulatory enforcement and training of its officers. The sheriff has guaranteed the Medina County Jail will never turn away a Medina City prisoner due to space problems.
Taking our prisoners down the road a mile to the Medina County Jail only makes good sense. The Medina County Jail personnel are trained and staffed to deal with the problems associated with detention facilities. They are a nationally accredited jail and we are putting that asset to work for Medina City.
In April 2010, City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the City of Medina allowing the police department to formalize our partnership with the United States Marshal’s Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force. The Task Force focuses its efforts on the apprehension of fugitives in the community as well as the surrounding area.  
Studies have shown that career criminals on average commit 5 felony crimes per day while remaining free. Partnering with the task force and concentrating our limited manpower on finding and arresting individuals with outstanding warrants enables us to help curtail overall crime in the community.  Twenty five Medina officers including Lieutenants, Sergeants, Detectives and Patrolmen are commissioned as Special Deputy U.S. Marshals, allowing them to work when needed (part time)with nationwide jurisdiction to track down fugitives wanted by our department. 
The partnership has been an outstanding success. Two drug sweeps netted over 51 suspects wanted on indictments for a perfect 100% capture rate. The Marshal’s Service reimbursed the Medina Police Department for approximately $15,000 in officer overtime for 2010 under the terms of the agreement. The Medina Police Department and Chief Patrick Berarducci were recognized in 2010 by the Attorney General of the United States with the William French Smith Award for our contributions to the success of the program.

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