Saline County Chief Deputy Cindi Mullins has initiated a new program, "Project Saturation," which is designed to increase contact with citizens and reap more information about possible criminal activity.
Sheriff Wally George released a letter from Mullins Thursday, Dec. 27, describing the Sheriff Department Road Division's early efforts.
"It is an excellent idea," George said.
The project involves saturating a particular area in the county with deputies. Their first task is to connect with residents, she said.
So far, saturation sessions have taken place in the Nelson, Napton and Gilliam areas. Five arrests were made in two sessions, four by Saline County deputies and one by Missouri State Highway Patrol troopers, according to Mullins.
"I feel the project has been successful so far in that my Road Division officers and I have had some positive feedback from citizens we have had contact with," she said.
Mullins said she plans to continue the saturations at random times and places to prevent establishing a pattern.
She also plans to contact the governing boards of towns in the county that depend on the Sheriff's Department as their primary law enforcement agency. She hopes these connections will help people feel less reluctant to report suspicious activity.