Backstory: Swelling Federal Police Ranks

Thursday, December 22, 2011

There are police forces tucked away in federal departments not typically associated with law enforcement, like the Environmental Protection Agency, the Bureau of Land Management, and even the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Wall Street Journal reporter Gary Fields explains why these agencies have police powers and why the number of departmental police officers have swelled over the last few decades.


Gary Fields, Wall Street Journal

Comments [2]

Kate Pfordresher from Brooklyn

Please ask about the loss of enforcement agents at agencies like OSHA and Mine Safety.

Dec. 22 2011 01:57 PM
Elliott Beard

What's the point of a regulator who CAN'T enforce the rules they're charged with setting? And so what if "no one knows exactly how many regulations there are" in the federal government as a whole? The government is huge and complex for a reason--because the country is huge and complex. That's why we have separate bureaucracies and departments to keep track of parochial issues.

Dec. 22 2011 01:54 PM

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