H.R. 324 Statutory Powers of Arrest to DOD and sub-component Police Officers

Give Statutory Powers of Arrest to DOD and sub-component Police Officers, Amend Title 10 now!

H.R. 324 To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide civilian police officers, civilian criminal investigators and civilian game law enforcement officers of the Department of Defense (Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps) with authority to execute warrants, make arrests and carry firearms.



I am writing in support of H.R. 324. The purpose of this bill is simply stated to provide civilian police officers. civilian criminal investigators and civilian game law enforcement officers of the Department of Defense, with authority to execute warrants, make arrests and carry firearms.



Many federal officers, for example. the U.S. Capital Police and U.S. Park Police, are classified as "law enforcement officers" a classification that comes with a certain salary, retirement benefits. and statutory powers of arrest. But the officers and investigators under the Department of Defense (Army, Air Force,Navy and Marine Corps), who are trained to carry weapons, who wear body armor and who face the same daily risks as "law enforcement officers" are not so classified.



However these other officers and investigators are the same officers and investigators who enforce federal, state and local laws under the authority of a Uniformed Military Official. As federal officers and investigators, we make apprehensions/arrests and risk our lives protecting others to include the President of the United States, members of the United States Congress, military service members, military veterans, government employees and private citizens.



We are not recognized as "law enforcement officers." We are only truly recognized as "law enforcement officers" when our names areplaced on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, after losing our lives in the line of duty.



Aside from correcting the inequity for officers and investigators of the Department of Defense. the Bill's passage would give Department of Defense civilian police officers, civilian criminal investigators and game law enforcement officers statutory powers of arrest and would take the the officers delegated authority away from theUniformed Military Official, who is biased in the response of civilian law enforcement activities onDepartment of Defense properties.



We often watch criminal acts in progress and are unable to take action due to our lack of statutory powers of arrest and are told to release criminal offenders with warrants, drunkdrivers and suspects detained for Domestic Violence. This subjects the Department of Defense, Department of Defense civilian police officers, civilian criminal investigators and civilian game law enforcement officers to civil law suits because we can be held liable. We even tie up services of local law enforcement agencies, which must then respond and take the suspects into custody for us if they are even available. These acts are wasteful to the United States tax payers dollar because two agencies are having to do the job of one agency.




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Public Comments (2,373)
Apr 3rd, 2018
Someone from Hampton, VA writes:
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iam a recently removed in 2017 as a 0083 police officers assigned to Naval station Norfolk VA I was charged with failure to obey a direct order of what I don't know I believe I was removed for reporting to my congressman bobby scott that I have been conducting unlawful arrest without arrest authority as stated in a Navy IG report which says "ALL OFFICERS HIRED BEFORE 2013 WERE NOT TRAINED TO DOD STANDARDS I went through MSPB and the Judge ruled against me citing I and my witness's were not credible I was trained to the level of the the master at arms which is a violation DODINST 5525.15 and also the 4th amendment rights of the civilians I charged in state and federal court the judge ignored my letter from a sitting congressman my fellow officers who to date still does not have arrest authority on the bases in the Norfolk Area and the navy refuses to train them to the correct level in order these officvers to wear the proper badge and patch and credentials of DOD Police officers I was also ordered by the senior officers of the base to release a federal fugitive wanted by the U S Marshall service and that is just the tip of ice berg at the worlds largest Naval base officers are leaving due to the navy not willing to grant the arrest authority they need to charge in court on federal property so support HR 324 IT NEEDS TO HAPPEN
Dec 28th, 2017
Someone from Porter Corners, NY writes:
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Support H.R. Bill. If our DoD uniformed civilian police officer 0083’s had statutory authority, recent law suit from states against DoD would not happen, because officers would arrest suspects for a criminal offense, which required finger printing.
Dec 27th, 2017
Someone from Porter Corners, NY writes:
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Correction from 15 December, 2017: I am currently a local police officer in upstate New York and find it absurd that and individual who is hired to be a police officer does not have statutory authority in any branch of the Department of Defense. The responsibility a police officer is stressful enough, but not able to make arrests due to limited or no statute of authority provides more stress to an already stressed environment. Any person who chooses a challenging career in law-enforcement wants to help and needs the tools to provide such help. And the lacking of statutory authority will not allow an individual department of defense police officer to take appropriate actions when a crime is being conducted in their presence regardless if it’s in their geographical area of responsibility or not. The Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and any other GS 00 83 position needs statutory authority to accomplish their mission to its fullest by preserving the well-being of mankind through protection, security, and community policing. This bill needs to be approved, and the approval of this bill will provide more opportunity in keeping the United States safer.
Dec 15th, 2017
Officer A. from Porter Corners, NY writes:
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I am currently a local police officer in upstate New York and find it absurd that and individual who is hired to be a police officer does not have statutory authority . The responsibility a police officer has stressful enough, but not able to make arrests due to limited or no statute of authority provides more stress to an already stressed environment . Any person who chooses a challenging career in law-enforcement wants to help and needs the tools to provide such help. And the lacking of statutory authority will not allow an individual department of defense police officer to take appropriate actions when a crime is being conducted in their presence regardless if it’s in their geographical area of responsibility or not. The army, the Marine Corps, the Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and any other GS 00 83 position needs statutory authority to accomplish their mission to its full list by preserving the well-being of mankind through protection, security, and community policing . This bill needs to be approved, and the approval of this bill will provide more opportunity to America in keeping our country that we love more safe.
Dec 13th, 2017
Timothy G. from Hollywood, MD writes:
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I support this bill.
Jul 17th, 2017
Corey G. from Greencastle, IN writes:
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I support this bill!
Jul 17th, 2017
Kevin W. from Carmel Valley, CA signed.
Apr 6th, 2017
Kenneth L. from Cantonment, FL signed.
Feb 18th, 2017
Dale A. from Hyattsville, MD writes:
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I am in favor of this.
Feb 17th, 2017
David R. from Hyattsville, MD writes:
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I support HH.R. 324 Statutory Powers of Arrest to DOD and sub-component Police Officers

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