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Vernon County Deputies Staying Proactive on the Streets

In an effort to combat thefts and burglaries in Vernon County, sheriff's deputies have already had about 15 pursuits this year. Last years total was 17.
NEVADA, MO.--- "I know that I do see them out quite often now, so that is good," said Jeanette Bailey, Nevada resident.
 
Sheriff Jason Mosher says his office is proactive with saturation's, or matching deputies schedule with the trend of crime. 

"We'll have a lot of deputies come in off their normal shifts and we'll schedule them in different parts of the county where we've had thefts, and tell them 'you're only job tonight is to drive around and look for those suspicious vehicles," said Jason Mosher, Vernon County Sheriff.

He says when they do turn on their flashing lights behind a skeptical vehicle, most drivers will take off. 

"Some of them we're catching, some of them we terminate the pursuit because speeds get too dangerous. But that also means we're running people out of the county that are trying to do something they shouldn't be doing," said Sheriff Mosher. 

Sheriff Mosher tells us the goal isn't to chase criminals off into another town, but to stop misconduct in Vernon County.

"If we're out there and they're constantly finding sheriff's cars coming up and trying to check on them, our hope is even though we're not catching them right then, we're scaring them enough that they decide there's too many people out tonight, I'm not going to do this," he said. 

He adds, pursuits are not what he or deputies enjoy doing, but getting convicts off the streets is the main goal.

"We've had people that we'll pull over, sometimes they run from us, sometimes they don't. They'll try telling us stories that don't match up, we'll find stolen stuff in the back of their truck and then we end up with stuff to return to owners and somebody in jail from it," he said. 
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