Shelby Co. law enforcement agencies disagree

By Jena Johnson - bio | email

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - Two law enforcement agencies working to do the same thing.

"For the citizens, we're all working for the citizens of this county," Shelby County Sheriff Newton Johnson said.

"We're all here to provide protection for the public and that's what Center PD is all about," Center Police Chief Jim Albers said.

Johnson said he feels the Center Police Department oversteps their boundary without fair warning.

"I feel like they could have notified us on several occasions and didn't," he said.

But when it comes to fighting crime, Center Police say they know no boundaries and shouldn't have to.

"Problems aren't just city wide or just county wide, these crooks and thieves and dopers move in and out of the city limits at their own whim," Johnson said.

Albers says their department can too.

"We're under no obligation to notify him and it might endanger our officers if we did," he said. "I'm not saying that we don't trust him, it's just that you know we don't even tell our officers where we're going before we go to a search warrant."

Same job, different uniform. Now, they have to figure out how to get along to best serve their community.

"We're basically doing the same job," Albers said. "And we're all attempting to do the same thing we should just cooperate while we're doing it."

"I just feel like we need the cooperation," Johnson said. "We need to work together."

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