Monday, December 6, 2010



WINDSOR, Ont. — Windsor police Deputy Chief Jerome Brannagan says increased co-operation with U.S. authorities means Windsor cops will allow suspects to cross the border to be arrested in Michigan, where sentences are harsher.

He said police would allow a border crossing if there is limited risk of losing a suspect or illegal contraband and the public and police officers are not placed in danger. A recent case involving a 46-year-old Windsor man accused of trying to lure a 14-year-old girl for sex highlights the trend.

Such increased cross-border policing has faced some criticism.

"I have a concern with it, but I'm not surprised by it," said John Deukmedjian, an associate professor of criminology at the University of Windsor.

"This is consistent with the trend in policing in Canada and the United States. The two countries are aligning themselves with one another around security and intelligence, rather than justice and rights."

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Pretty interesting, harsher sentences in the States gives Windsor police a reason to send suspects over the border? I don't know how the legalities of that works, but it doesn't seem right. "Collaboration" with Detroit police seems like a big move. More problems to worry about when crossing the border.

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