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Tag: federal law enforcement

Comey: Sending Uninvited Federal Officers to Cities Is ‘Dumb And Self-Defeating’

James Comey via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The presence of camouflage-clad federal officers in cities like Portland, against the wishes of local and state authorities, threatens to sever the longstanding relationships between federal law enforcement and communities.

So says former FBI Director James Comey in a column for The Washington Post.

“‘The FBI does nothing alone’ is how I often explained our dependence upon partnerships with local and state law enforcement,” Comey wrote. “The willingness of cities, counties and states to contribute their resources — most importantly, their people — to our task forces was at the heart of the FBI’s and DEA’s success. Town councils and mayors around the country supported those relationships because they trusted us.”

He added, “The costs to federal law enforcement will be enormous.”

President Trump has pledged to send federal law enforcement officers to cities where protests have broken out. In Portland, images of federal officers in full tactical gear clashing with protesters have enraged protesters and local and state officials, raising serious questions about Trump’s motives.

“So it’s dumb and self-defeating on many levels for the feds to engage the way they have in Portland,” Comey wrote. “No sensible law enforcement leader would approach it this way. Which begs a question: Is televised conflict the goal?”

Comey warned that the consequences could be long-lasting and devastating.

“The only thing damaged in the process will be the United States and the federal law enforcement agencies our country needs,” Comey wrote. “Yet again, the craving of our president for reelection seems to override everything.”

Trump’s Scaremongering about Impact of Government Shutdown Is Overstated

ICE agents are expected to continue working during the shutdown.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the federal government shutdown entered its third day on Monday, the impact on Americans is expected to become more clear as the new work week begins.

Nearly half of the federal government’s 2 million civilian are expected to be furloughed until Republicans and Democrats break an impasse over President Trump’s spending plan.

Despite Trump’s claim on Twitter over the weekend that the shutdown jeopardizes Americans’ safety, a vast majority of the military and federal law enforcement will continue working because they are considered essential to public safety. Most employees who work for the FBI, Justice Department, TSA, Border Patrol and other federal law enforcement won’t be furloughed.

While some department such as HUD and EPA will require more than 90% of its employees to stay home until the shutdown ends, only about 17% of Justice Department workers will be required to take off work. But many of those employees may be asked to work without payt.

The shutdown also won’t affect the special counsel investigation of possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

Democrats and Republicans are expected to meet again Monday to reach a compromise to end the shutdown.

On Saturday, Trump accused Democrats of endangering Americans in favor of protecting illegal immigrants. But as Trump tweeted during President Obama’s shutdown in 2013, the impact of shutdowns are minimal.

Report: FBI ‘Best Place to Work’ in Federal Law Enforcement

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was ranked the best place to work in the federal law enforcement by the Partnership of Public Service and Deloitte.

The FBI scored higher in the report than any other federal law enforcement agency, Federal Times reports. 

Employees were generally happier working for law enforcement than any other type of federal agency.

But employees for agencies within the Justice Department and Homeland Security ranked low, largely because of morale problems.

The report recommended instituting wellness programs and better handling limited resources for employees.

Tensions Simmer Between FBI, Other Federal Law Enforcement Agencies Over Handling of Crimes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has been quietly waging a turf battle with other federal law enforcement agencies for taking over violent crimes, the Wall Street Journal reports.

According to an internal memo, FBI managers are growing more frustrated with the ATF and Homeland Security for taking over cases that the bureau believes it should handle.

“The jurisdiction encroachment by the ATF continues as a disturbing concern,” the memo distributed last month said, adding that “mission creep by HSI is an issue in an alarming number of field offices.”

Thirty of the FBI’s 56 field offices reported problems with the ATF while handling cases such as human trafficking, drugs and gangs.

FBI Director James Comey doesn’t have the same frustrations, a bureau spokesman said.

“Because some FBI authorities overlap with those of other federal agencies, challenges and conflicts inevitably arise,” Michael Kortan said. “But we have always tried to resolve those conflicts in a professional and collaborative manner, throughout the field and at headquarters, and that will continue.”

FBI, Other Feds Face Budget Cuts That Could Mean Fewer Personnel

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Budget cuts in 2014 could mean fewer FBI agents and other reductions to federal law enforcement agencies, CNN reports.

“What we’re going to see is really tough decisions, really cutting into the bone of programs,” said Scott Klinger, director of revenue and spending policies at the Center for Effective Government, a budget watchdog group. “The belt tightening, the deferred maintenance, the tapping of rainy day funds — it’s all been done already.”

Lawmakers already began meeting to discuss the cuts.

A new round of sequester cuts could mean a whopping $800 million reduction for the FBI budget.

“That cupboard is bare. I can’t avoid it this year,” FBI DIrector James Comey said.

Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Suspends Classes, Education

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An enormous law enforcement center in southeast Georgia has suspended classes and sent a vast majority of its employees home because of the government shutdown, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, which is so large that it has its own ZIP code, is mostly quiet.

The building in Glynco, GA., has 18 firearms ranges and holds armed drills.

Of the more than 1,000 employees who work there, about 45 were not furloughed.

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New US Attorney for Virgin Islands Named

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Barack Obama has named a new man to head federal law enforcement in the drug trafficking-prone US Virgin Islands, reports the Daily World. Ronald W. Sharpe is the new US Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands.

Sharpe has deep roots and extended family in the area, according to the Daily World.  “His mom grew up in Plaisance and he still has a lot of relatives here,” his neice, Grace Thomas Garnier, told the paper.

Sharpe was confirmed by the US Senate after being named for the post by Obama, taking over duties earlier this month. Sharpe is the chief federal law enforcement officer in the region, supervising 41 people, including 16 attorneys, and is responsible for coordinating investigations across multiple agencies and the prosecution of all federal crimes.

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