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Accountability, Policies, and Tactics of Law Enforcement Within the Department of Interior and Forest Service: Hearing Before the Committee on Natural Resources, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, U.S. House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourteenth Congress, First Session, July 28, 2015   [open pdf - 2MB]

This is a testimony compilation of the July 28, 2015 hearing "Accountability, Policies, and Tactics of Law Enforcement Within the Department of Interior and Forest Service" held before the House Committee on Natural Resources. From the testimony of Sheriff David Brown: "The nearly 200 million acres of federal land managed by the United States Forest Service represent a national treasure of incredible value. A treasure that deserves sound management and resource protection. The U.S. Forest Service has been tasked with that protection, including the dedicated Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) who enforce resource protection laws. […] Most western states only recognize a Federal LEO to have authority over Federal crimes on federally managed lands. It became apparent to sheriffs in many jurisdictions that some USFS [U.S. Forest Service] LEOs were generating a multitude of citizen complaints. Those complaints were most often filed with the Sheriff. The Sheriff, having no supervisory authority over a federal officer was obligated to pass the information on to a patrol captain or SAC. In many cases, there was never a response back or any apparent investigation into the actions of the LEO. […] The point here is that there appeared to be no accountability within the structure of the USFS law enforcement component and no willingness to communicate with the local sheriff or the community regarding the actions of the LEOs. As these actions continued, citizens began to express concerns for their personal safety, feeling as if they were being harassed and targeted. While additional complaints were forwarded to the local supervisors and sometimes directly to the Washington Office, in my particular case, there appeared to be no desire to deal with the officers' actions." Statements, Letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Russ Ehnes, Dave Brown, Paul Larkin Jr., and Christopher Schoppmeyer.

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2015-07-28
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U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources: http://naturalresources.house.gov/
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