Let’s say you see a crime being committed and you want to call the police, but wait… who do you call? For example, if you are in central Texas do you call the Austin Police? The Travis County Sherriff’s Office? The State Troopers (Texas DPS) or the Constable? The Attorney General’s office, the Texas Rangers … etc..? I could go on and on.
If you want to talk about federal investigating authorities, the list is even more mind boggling. I deal with each of these entities on a daily basis. So, why do we have so many law enforcement agencies with overlapping jurisdiction? That’s a good question that I don’t have the answer to. I can tell you though, they all have one goal in mind and it is not public safety. It may have been like that at one time, but sadly that’s no longer the case. Their goal now is to justify their existence and continued funding by arresting people like you and me.
Many of these agencies were started for a particular purpose. The various city police agencies have their obvious roots, as do the highway patrol. However, over the years there has been a tremendous amount of scope creep among all law enforcement agencies. This scope creep has ultimately lead to the climate we are now in. The next time you pass a law enforcement officer in Central Texas (or more likely two or three officers doing the job one officer could accomplish), ask yourself, “are these officers making me a safer by their presence?” You will find the answer is most likely, no. This is especially true as they are inexplicably employing military tactics to enforce laws in American cities. That’s a shame considering you are the one who is paying their salary and whom they are supposed to be employed to protect and serve.
Instead of a solution to a problem, law enforcement in central Texas has become a solution looking for a problem. That situation has created bored officers and with their boredom, they are finding increasingly minor reasons to arrest law abiding citizens like.
That’s a scary proposition.