Are we just paranoid? Or is the government actually federalizing police in order to form a standing army, which in today’s standards of law isn’t entirely far-fetched. (Article One Section Eight of the U.S. Constitution, To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a longer Term than two Years) Seems to me DHS has been at it for longer than 2 years.
Put that aside, and lets talk about the MEG Unit, or Metropolitan Enforcement Group it’s a Multi-Jurisdictional Law Enforcement Task Force Concentrating in Illegal Drugs, Gangs and Weapons Offenses they are nice enough to “offer drug awareness seminars periodically, upon request, to the public, educational institutions, police departments and businesses” county-wide management approach linking local, county, state, and federal police agencies to pro-actively combat illicit drug trafficking.
These programs are popping up all over the country due to federal grants.
These units utilize drug and gang enforcement through the use of covert and overt groups aimed at street-to-middle and upper-level drug distributors. The tactical narcotics group conducts proactive and reactive drug, gun and street gang-related investigations which require a rapid, visible response from law enforcement. The tactical group utilizes confidential sources in a majority of their investigations to glean fresh and comprehensive street intelligence. The tactical group also executes missions which are specifically designed to target the most visible and overt offenders who are a nuisance and operate in an open-air fashion, which undermines the safety of the communities they serve. Many of the investigations conducted by the tactical group are precipitated from complaints and tips from local elected officials, police officers, the general public and confidential informants. MEG also uses drug detection canines during its missions. One of the members of the tactical group is assigned as a school liaison officer during the school year. He is responsible for acquiring gang intelligence information and providing guidance to school officials and students to deter drug, gang, and gun activity at the High School.
The covert squad is responsible for longer-term, more in-depth investigations involving drugs, guns, and street gangs. The squad uses undercover agents and additional resources to identify and develop criminal conspiracy investigations and confidential sources. Traditional investigative methods are utilized, along with the use of specialized equipment and tools, surveillance, interviews of associates and confederates and defendant proffer statements.
A simple google search reveals that not even all the ‘members’ may be actual police,
“members have participated in citizen police academies, community and school events, as well as training opportunities with other law enforcement agencies. The members of KAMEG attend premier professional development training on a regular basis to enhance our effectiveness as we serve our communities. We seek to be the very best at what we do.”
MEG enjoys a fruitful relationship with several county, state and local law enforcement agencies and Federal partners, including but not limited to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), United States’ Attorney’s Office, United States Postal Inspector, United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Division of Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Arson, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF).
The majority of all drug arrests reported by MEG, for either violations of the Cannabis Control Act or the Controlled Substances Act, involve drug sale or delivery.