Melrose FL: Four-Corners. On Monday, April 10, 2017, at approximately 10:00 am Putnam County hosted the signing of a mutual aid agreement between Alachua, Bradford, Clay, and Putnam counties. The ceremony, held in the historic George Lansing Taylor Jr. building in Melrose, was attended by Sheriff DeLoach of Putnam County, Sheriff Daniels of Clay County, Sheriff Smith of Bradford County and Sheriff Darnell of Alachua County. The signing signaled the renewal of an agreement between the four counties which was originally signed on March 24, 2008.
The “four-corners” of the counties (and thus the name of the agreement) come together in the town of Melrose. Unfortunately, they do not come together along neat and easily discernable lines. The agreement enhances the ability of the four primary law enforcement agencies operating in that area to render and receive aid and enforce laws across normal jurisdictional borders.
Sheriff Gator Deloach said “I have worked in the Melrose area for many years and I know first-hand how quickly taking law enforcement action can require you to move from one county to the next. A deputy jumping fences and running between houses could easily end up two jurisdictions removed from where he started in a matter of minutes. This agreement allows law enforcement to move more freely across jurisdictional boundaries to provide for the safety and preservation of lives and property of all citizens of the region”.
Captain Hancel Woods
Putnam County Sheriff’s Office