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FLEOA Responds to HR 4751

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 23, 2016 
 
CONTACT:   
Nikki Cannon
(202) 293-1550

FLEOA OPPOSES ELIMINATION OF LAND MANAGEMENT LAW ENFORCEMENT

(Washington, DC) – In response to H.R. 4751, the Local Enforcement for Local Lands Act of 2016, which was recently introduced by Rep. Jason Chaffetz and would eliminate federal law enforcement officers and their mission from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) National President Nathan Catura issued the following statement:

"As we recently saw unfold in the illegal takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, when the federal government abdicates its role as the enforcement of federal laws on federal property, it only serves to send a message that emboldens criminals to take advantage of the federal presence. This is the last thing the federal government should be doing in what has been widely reported as a rise in violent crime.

These two federal land management agencies are at the forefront of combating illicit use of federal resources and destruction of our nation's premier wilderness areas. They remain persistent in this undertaking, even as Congress has slashed their budgets over the last decade, leaving them under-resourced. To move the dial further and attempt to eliminate their personnel and mission is severely short sighted and will only exacerbate criminal activity and abuse of federal lands.

What Congress should be doing is supporting federal law enforcement budgets with proper funding and authorities so that these officers can carry out their agency’s mission as the American people expect."

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The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (www.fleoa.org) is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association that exclusively represents over 26,000 active and retired federal law enforcement officers from over 65 Agencies.