It goes without question that there is too much over reach in the Federal Government when it comes to police forces. Every department seems to have its own force and some of these have become highly militarized. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) an the U. S. Forestry Service are just two examples. There is a movement afoot to strip some of these forces out and put law enforcement where it belongs. It belongs at the local level. This new bill in the U. S. House will do that very thing. Be sure you support it.
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Utah Republicans push to strip police powers from feds.
Utah’s four House Republicans introduced a bill Wednesday that would strip the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service of their power to police federal lands, and give that power over to local cops.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz and his three GOP colleagues from Utah introduced the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act.
The lawmakers say the growth of police authorities in both agencies has distracted them from their main mission of managing federal land, and has created conflicts with local authorities. They also say federal agents are not as trusted as local police, and should be removed.
“Federal agencies do not enjoy the same level of trust and respect as local law enforcement that are deeply rooted in local communities,” Chaffetz and other lawmakers said. “This legislation will help de-escalate conflicts between law enforcement and local residents while improving transparency and accountability.”