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State Patrol detective added to Omaha’s officer-involved investigations team

April 15, 2018 GMT

Omaha police and the Nebraska State Patrol have reached an agreement in which a trooper will be added to the officer-involved investigations team, Chief Todd Schmaderer announced Friday.

The team investigates officer-involved incidents in which the City of Omaha or other agencies request assistance.

The team, which is made up of experienced officers, will include a State Patrol detective, with the aim of adding a level of independence to the unit, police said. Schmaderer said when the team is called to an investigation, the State Patrol will be contacted and a detective will be assigned to the unit.

Any member of the patrol on the team may report directly to the police chief or the patrol’s superintendent with any concerns, police said.

The agreement is designed to enhance transparency and oversight on officer-involved incidents, Schmaderer said.

All employees involved with the team will be paid by their departments, police said.