Military Cooperation with Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies Act
The Military Cooperation with Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies Act is a United States federal law enacted in 1981 that allows the United States Armed Forces to cooperate with domestic and foreign law enforcement agencies. Operations in support of law enforcement include assistance in counterdrug operations, assistance for civil disturbances, special security operations, counter-terrorism, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD), and similar activities. Constitutional and statutory restrictions and corresponding directives and regulations limit the type of support provided in this area. The legislation allows the U.S. military to give law enforcement agencies access to its military bases and its military equipment. The legislation was promoted during the Presidency of Ronald Reagan in the context of the War on drugs, and is considered a part of a general trend towards the militarization of police.
|Long title||An Act to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 1982 for the Armed Forces for procurement, for research, development, test, and evaluation, and for operation and maintenance, to prescribe personnel strengths for such fiscal year for the Armed Forces and for civilian employees of the Department of Defense, to authorize appropriations for such fiscal year for civil defense, and for other purposes.|
|Nicknames||Department of Defense Authorization Act, 1982|
|Enacted by||the 97th United States Congress|
|Effective||January 1, 1982|
|Public law||Pub.L. 97–86|
|Statutes at Large||95 Stat. 1099 aka 95 Stat. 1114|
|Titles amended||10 U.S.C.: Armed Forces|
|U.S.C. sections created||10 U.S.C. ch. 15 § 271 et seq.|
- Balko, Radley (11 September 2011). "A Decade After 9/11, Police Departments Are Increasingly Militarized". Huffington Post. Retrieved 29 November 2014.
- Information about the Act from fas.org
- Text of the law
- Law in PDF
- "Military Cooperation With Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies" [GAO 122004 Report]. U.S. GAO:Office of Public Affairs. U.S. Government Accountability Office. July 28, 1983.
- "Military Cooperation With Civilian Law Enforcement Agencies" [GAO/GGD 84-27 Report]. U.S. GAO:Office of Public Affairs. U.S. Government Accountability Office. November 2, 1983.