The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (A.C.E.) unit was formed in 2009 to suppress or terminate the activities of drug couriers and traffickers in illegal firearms and others who pose a threat to the citizens of Johnson County. This unit’s assignment is multi-functional and includes crime suppression, conducting safety checkpoints, criminal and drug interdiction, surveillance, and conducting narcotics investigations.
With Johnson County located on U.S 50 highway and adjacent to Interstate 70 our community is greatly impacted by traveling or migrant crime and criminals. Studies have shown that today’s criminals are more mobile and by utilizing our nations roadways they spread their crimes to neighboring communities lowering the risk of detection and capture. Proactive traffic enforcement is an effective strategy to protect the citizens of Johnson County from the damage caused by drug abuse, illegal trafficking in and possession of illegal weapons, and the continued freedom of fugitives. The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that 40 percent of all drug arrests in this country are the outgrowth of traffic stops. We have also learned that more illegal guns are taken off the street through traffic stops than through any other tactic.
The A.C.E. unit is comprised of deputies who possess enhanced skills in the detection and interdiction of criminal activity, as well as search and seizure practices. Deputies are also selected on their ability to go beyond the traffic stop and apprehend criminal suspects. Deputies skilled in this technique have succeeded in spotting drug couriers, detecting stolen vehicles, and apprehending fugitives from justice.
Proactive traffic enforcement that is race or ethnic-based is not, and will not be tolerated by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office. A fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States to all who live in this nation is to the equal protection under the law. Along with this right to equal protection is the fundamental right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures by government agents. Citizens are free to walk and drive our streets, highways, and other public places without police interference so long as they obey the law. They also are entitled to be free from crime, and from the depredations of criminals, and to drive and walk our public ways safe from the actions of reckless and careless drivers. The Johnson County Sheriff's Office is charged with protecting these rights, for all, regardless of race, color, ethnicity, sex, sexual orientation, physical handicap, religion or other belief system. Because of the nature of their business, law enforcement officers are required to be observant, to identify unusual occurrences and law violations, and to act upon them. It is this pro-active enforcement that keeps our citizens free from crime, our streets and highways safe to drive upon, and that detects and apprehends criminals.
The A.C.E. unit is supervised by Major Gary Klote and comprised of the following deputies. Sgt. Aaron Miller – Investigations, Sgt. Jeff Parsons – Patrol, K-9 Cpl. Dwayne Trokey – Patrol, Deputy James Doty - Court Security, Deputy Brock Billings - Patrol.
Additional Information: Major Gary Klote