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  1. mike321 is online now

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    Thanks for your description. Based on that including the example you gave, I would fully oppose that. Tax evasion I can see. Even seizing asset to pay the tax bill and penalty. But seizing property because you don't know where the money comes from goes too far as a government power. Obviously the Supreme Court disagrees so ballot box is the only recourse. I don't see any candidates getting behind stopping this.
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    A pretty balanced pro/con article on asset forfeiture.

    http://www.popcenter.org/Responses/a...feiture/print/

    Personally..I have to admit that I'm sort of in a "don't hate the player..hate the game" position. I'm confident that not a one of the cases Ive worked was a case of legitimate assets siezed as illegal proceeds, but I can see how the system can be misused.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tgace View Post
    Actually, my detective on the DEA task force is still paid by my Dept with the Feds reimbursing the OT he makes. He still gets a check from my Town...not the DEA.

    DARE officers (here at least) are just patrol officers paid by the Town...the Feds may supply some supporting funds for events and equipment but they are not Federal funded positions. Actually my PD just disbanded DARE and pushed the officers to other departments.
    Sure, I didn't mean to imply that task force members were paid directly by the Feds.

    The DARE stuff here is funded by grants, not sure if Fed or otherwise. The DARE officer is funded by those grants, and if the grants go away, so does the DARE program. But not the officer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tgace View Post
    A pretty balanced pro/con article on asset forfeiture.

    http://www.popcenter.org/Responses/a...feiture/print/

    Personally..I have to admit that I'm sort of in a "don't hate the player..hate the game" position. I'm confident that not a one of the cases Ive worked was a case of legitimate assets siezed as illegal proceeds, but I can see how the system can be misused.
    I don't hate the player. I have not read anything that indicates officers are breaking their oaths by doing this unless they are breaking other laws at the same time.
    I read the article linked. I oppose this as a policy. It would have been nice if Supreme Court rejected this but ultimately the responsibility lies with citizens and their elected officials.
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    SWAT Teams are used in hostage situations, shootings, drug/-related, weapon traffic crimes and terrorist counter measure, just as all the SWAT Teams over the world.
    So seeing their field of operations, they should be paramilitary, by outfit, equipment and tactics.
    BTW, aren't those crimes normally dealt with on federal level?

    In Belgium, the SWAT teams are always under federal jurisdiction, some teams are mobile while other teams are local.

    So why could that not be the case in the US?
    FBI SWAT has 56 teams, with the majority being mobile. So if all the State and interState SWAT Teams are moved from local level to federal level (by becoming FBI SWAT teams), yet staying 'localized', you would have the 'problem' of police becoming too militarized fixed for civilian and LEO point of view.

    - FBI SWAT teams increase from 56 to 107+
    - Same equipment and training for all teams (FBI SWAT have some great stuff)
    - DHS financial support can be used more efficient
    - visible difference between SWAT and LEOs (beat cops)
    - Local based teams can be given assignments by local police chiefs (in case of drug/weapon related raids)
    - If members of FBI SWAT move to another state, they can be assigned to the local team there.
    - prevents small sheriffs and police departments to create a 4 man SWAT Team.
    - ....and probably another dozen reasons that I can't think about.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rene "Zendokan" Gysenbergs View Post
    SWAT Teams are used in hostage situations, shootings, drug/-related, weapon traffic crimes and terrorist counter measure, just as all the SWAT Teams over the world.
    So seeing their field of operations, they should be paramilitary, by outfit, equipment and tactics.
    BTW, aren't those crimes normally dealt with on federal level?
    They may or may not be. Most of the crimes you outlined are initially investigated by local agencies. Some are referred to the feds for further investigation / prosecution and some are not. I prefer to have the feds investigate drug-related gun crimes, because if found guilty under the USC, the sentences are MUCH stiffer.

    The problem in most rural areas is the nearest FBI field office can be an hour away AND most of these field offices do not have a tactical team.


    Quote Originally Posted by Rene "Zendokan" Gysenbergs View Post
    - FBI SWAT teams increase from 56 to 107+
    These numbers are somewhat misleading. DHS has authorized and funded multiple regional SWAT teams. These teams are comprised of officers from local agencies, many of which are way too small to have their own.

    Four agencies in my county each contribute an officer to our regional SIRT (Southern Illinois Response Team). These guys are paid by their local agency, but their training (8 hours every two weeks) is reimbursed by the fed. They are trained by / with FBI & DEA teams in WMDs, Hostage, and all other tactical aspects of law enforcement.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rene "Zendokan" Gysenbergs View Post
    - Same equipment and training for all teams (FBI SWAT have some great stuff)
    - DHS financial support can be used more efficient
    - visible difference between SWAT and LEOs (beat cops)
    - Local based teams can be given assignments by local police chiefs (in case of drug/weapon related raids)
    Their armored tactical vehicles and personal equipment is provided by the fed. DHS reimburses the home agency for their training overtime AND to cover their shift. They aren't assigned by local chief, their services are requested by member (and non-member) agencies. Since they are locals, their call-out (response) time is very fast.
    Quote Originally Posted by Rene "Zendokan" Gysenbergs View Post
    - If members of FBI SWAT move to another state, they can be assigned to the local team there.
    - prevents small sheriffs and police departments to create a 4 man SWAT Team.
    - ....and probably another dozen reasons that I can't think about.
    If the operators move to another jurisdiction, they may or may not be on that team. Their training is reciprocal and they would be 'qualified', but it would come down to the needs of the regional team.

    No sheriff or chief I know of would ever want a 4 man SWAT Team. Contrary to what the movies and television would have you believe, not every officer yearns to be SWAT. Conversely, every agency in my area has officers trained in Active Shooter. The first two officers on scene are effectively the SWAT Team for that incident, while they are waiting on other assets.

    This is a necessity in order to preserve lives. Example: If someone is inside my community high school shooting it up, I am not going to wait for SWAT. I am going in (with or without the second man) to engage the shooter.

    The next officers on scene will either be investigating an officer-involved shooting OR avenging my death lol. Active shooters aren't there to take hostages, they are there to get their fifteen minutes of fame by killing kids.

    The Columbine (Littleton, Colorado) school shooting illustrated the exigency of getting inside and taking care of business instead of waiting up to an hour for SWAT to arrive, assemble, brief and get inside to take care of business.

    IMHO, SWAT is necessary, but not every department needs one. I am, therefore, agreeing with you for the most part but trying to separate fact from fiction or misconception.

    I was the chief of a small agency (8 officers); I assigned one officer to our regional team. He was training every other Wednesday, and two weeks every summer. During a four year period, he responded to about fifteen requests for execution of high-risk search warrants and two barricades.

    During that time period (and as yet) my agency did not require that team to respond for any reason. The other three agencies in my county also contributed a man or two and they have not utilized their services either.
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