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Police: Mutual aid agreement will help during emergencies

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ONALASKA, Wisconsin (WXOW) - If a incident like the one in Connecticut were to happen in La Crosse County, police say their mutual aid agreements will ensure enough manpower at the scene.

La Crosse County emergency services have a mutual aid agreement.

It's an understanding that if there is an emergency, other agencies in the county will extend man power and resources.

"Regardless of the size of your agency, when you have something like (the shooting in Connecticut) happen, you need as much help as you can get. So, being able to reach out to the agencies that are around you, the better off you are," said Onalaska Police Chief Jeffrey Trotnic.

Trotnic said the first officer on the scene is often responsible for determining how and where help is needed.

"It's really the call that dictates the response. I mean, if you can, you like to have as many officers as you can enter into the building," Trotnic said. "But (with) an active shooter… you have to determine basically what is going on inside and that's really the first officer's responsibility when they get there."

If a critical situation were to happen in La Crosse County, Trotnic said dispatch would ask if mutual aid is needed.

Then, depending on the situation, other police departments and emergency agencies would be sent to the incident.

In La Crosse County, all emergency service agencies sign a mutual aid memorandum.

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