Look What Happens When Local And Federal Law Enforcement Work Together

The general public keeps hearing from various quarters that immigration is a federal matter, therefore local police authorities shouldn’t take any initiative in enforcing immigration laws.
That refrain brings to mind Amanda Milkovits‘ story from the Projo of two Saturdays ago…

At dusk, a dozen Providence police officers and state police troopers in unmarked cruisers drove into the back of the Manton Heights housing projects, where the teenage boy killed on Wednesday had lived, and they created a ripple in the neighborhood….
Last night, without public fanfare, the police quietly launched a new street-crime task force –– made up of city and state police, and agents from the FBI –– with the intention of driving down the violent crime rate in the city’s most troubled neighborhoods.
I wonder if the FBI agents assigned to this task force told the Providence Police Department that though they would be riding along with this detail, they would only act in instances where Federal crimes were being observed, because it was up to state and local police to enforce state laws and federal agents to enforce federal laws.
Or is it more likely that the FBI agents offered their full cooperation, to help a fellow law enforcement agency do its job. Wouldn’t that be ironic.

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joe bernstein
joe bernstein
12 years ago

Since 1992 RI has been a dual jurisdiction state with regards to federal law enforcement officers.They have peace officer status due to a bill introduced in 1991 by Paul Jabour during his prior service in the RI senate.
Both myself and the ATF agent assigned to PPD from 1990-94 were invaluably aided by ths law because there were no federal/state limitations to complicate our ability to do the job of joint operations effectively.
Dual jurisdiction was helpful in other assignments as well.

SPECIAL K
SPECIAL K
12 years ago

Joe:
You shouldn’t have retired. You could still be kickin’ some a$$!!!!

joe bernstein
joe bernstein
12 years ago

I retired at age 50 for a few reasons:
1.Clinton has just been re elected and I had no plans to serve that administration any longer
2.Health problems of a chronic nature which were beginning to affect my performance and could cause me to miss things I wouldn’t have before
3.The max age was 57 and when I added my 4 1/2 years military active duty to my service with INS it made more sense to take the pension at the minimum age
4.Taking a desk job due to the medical issues was a nauseating idea

Donna C.
Donna C.
12 years ago

I agree with Special K, Joe!!!
But I think you should kick a$$ anyway…who cares if your retired??!!
Just a thought….

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