posted on Oct, 29 2007 @ 04:38 AM
First off I believe state and local law enforcement are under paid, over worked and caught up in too many politics. (Office, State, and Local)You have
my respect for choosing a noble profession.
I deal with law enforcement everyday, federal, state and local. In my well earned position with more credentials than any any state or local officer I
find that the "ego factor" gets in the way. I have protocol that requires me to take certain steps to do my job, and have been "dressed down" by
more than one state officer in executing that protocol. In my line of work cops are more of a threat than the common person on the street, we know you
are armed and tactically trained to use them.
Tell your fellow officers when they encounter us incognito individuals with US Government papers and told you are not authorized to know (after ID is
shown of course) let it go, drop the ego, and show some professional courtesy.
If I hear "I'm a state officer and it's my business to know" one more time I think I'm going to puke. If were your business to know you already
would. If you don't then your not supposed to. I have even encountered this type of unprofessional ism in your home state. Something else I hear a
lot is "I have never in my (enter number of years of service here) seen one of you guys." Guess what your not supposed to. When your shown the
proper documents, leave it alone.
I fall in a gray area as we are not sworn law enforcement, but we are badged, vested, heavily armed, sometimes uniformed, given federal reciprocity
and have government security clearance to some degree. I don't know what causes these pissing contests between us, maybe its the pay scale, the
authority, (ego i believe) but every time the US Marshals and DHS get involved the state cops loose. Several have gone to jail for interfering.
One final note here: You don't know all the laws, if you did you would be genius. When a USC is quoted to you and you don't know it, you better find
out before you take action. Failure to so puts both our lives at risk.