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'Step in the right direction'

Scott Seitz • May 8, 2014 at 10:07 PM

At the end of the day, the Norwalk Police Department and Huron County Sheriff's Office have the same goal.

Lately, tension has developed between the two agencies on how to achieve that goal.

"We do share a common goal," Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light said.

Light and Huron County Sheriff Dane Howard met for 90 minutes Wednesday morning to begin to put the past in the past and develop a plan for the future.

"Both agencies have the same purpose, same mindset and same duty to serve the people well," Howard said.

"We both recognize the heroin epidemic is a top priority," Light added. "We just have a difference of opinion on how cases should be investigated in the city of Norwalk."

Howard and Light have worked law enforcement, many times together, for years.

"We worked drug cases side by side back in the day as young crime fighters," Light said.

"I've known Chief Light just shy of 30 years," Howard said. "I think we have the same desire to serve the public and we do that best by working together."

"The main difference is the sheriff feels he was elected to serve all 500 square miles of Huron County," Light said. "And he does have jurisdiction in all areas of Huron County. I'm not arguing that point."

Light said with the HCSO focusing on the city of Norwalk, it might provide a duplication of services, which doesn't serve the taxpayers.

"We are capable of handling the nine square miles of Norwalk," Light said.

Light said the two agencies should freely trade information so each can effectively handle cases.

"That's for the common good," Light said. "We know drug dealers have no boundaries.

"We're trying to work through all of this," Light said. "Today's meeting was a step in the right direction. It will take some time to get all the details worked out."

"We had a healthy discussion during this meeting," the sheriff added. "It was definitely a step in the right direction."

The sheriff knows Light's feelings on investigations within the city.

"I definitely appreciate his point of view and respect where he's coming from," Howard said. "We'll have another meeting, sit down and hash all of this out and see what the future holds."

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