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January 8, 2020
Judy Nalley asked if a Jackson police officer could write a traffic ticket to someone outside the town limits. Like most answers in law enforcement, the answer isn't as simple as you think it might be. While it is true we are limited in our enforcement activities by our jurisdictional limit, there are exceptions. One exception is if we see someone commit a violation in the city limits and follow them into the county jurisdiction. We are allowed to pursue and write a ticket for the violation that occurred in the city. Another exception would be if we were driving outside our jurisdiction and see a violation. If we are requested by the sheriff's office or highway patrol to take action, we can. The last exception we'll talk about, which probably goes beyond your question is when we see a serious crime occurring that involves imminent death or serious bodily injury. In those circumstances, no one expects us to sit on our hands and the law gives us authority to act.
20010726: On January 8, 2020, at about 10:22 a.m., Officer Mattson responded to a report of someone receiving threats and who wanted help in seeking an order of protection. He is still working on the report, so there is not a lot of detail yet, but Officer Mattson will do is best to document those threats and then refer the person to Victim Services so they can help with the protection order. The report will be an important part in obtaining that order. Officer Mattson knows that and will do is best to be thorough.
20010761: On January 8, 2020, at about 3:27 p.m., Cpl. Jones responded to a report of someone being harassed. We may have mentioned it before, Harassment isn't actually a crime. Stalking, however, is. If you are being stalked, we would hope you would call us sooner rather than later. Often times, getting the suspect's behavior to stop is as simple as a visit or phone call from a Jackson Police officer. We don't have any actual statistics, but we feel like most potential Stalking crimes are averted after we've made that contact, advised the suspect of what the law is, and told them to stop or risk going to jail. If you're not sure what to do, give us a call or speak with someone at Victim Services or the Community Safety Network. They will tell you the options, give you advise or be a sounding board, and provide resources and referrals.
20010807: On January 8, 2020, at about 22:23 p.m., Officer Gerlach responded to an address on N. Millward for a report that a male subject was screaming and knocking on doors. The man had apparently tried to enter one residence and the owners had forcibly pushed him out. Officer Gerlach arrived at the location and followed his ears to the source of the disturbance. That's pretty common for us to do when we aren't given the exact address of a disturbance call. We just park, shut off the engine, get out and wait for our ears to tell us where to go. In this case, Officer Gerlach found the very intoxicated man with friends who were attempting to get him into his room. They weren't much success because he was too intoxicated to even stand or respond to questions. He also didn't have a key to the door he was trying to get in to. Was it really his apartment? Officer Gerlach wasn't so sure, but considering the man's intoxication level, he felt compelled to arrest the 24 year old Jackson, WY man for Public Intoxication and take him immediately to the hospital for evaluation prior to booking. His portable breath test was a .337%. We're pretty sure that qualifies as a medical emergency.
That's it for yesterday's police work. Stay out of trouble, be nice to those around you, and have a great day.