Submission Concerning LEAs. February 2015.
The following submission by the Omega Research Foundation responds to Executive Order (January 16, 2015) re: Federal Support for Local Law Enforcement Equipment Acquisition. We address a number of issues including: the militarisation of local law enforcement agencies (LEAs), appropriateness of equipment acquired / offered for acquisition, training requirements, and the need for independent oversight, transparency and accountability. Recommendations have been provided in each section.
In drafting the recommendations, Omega has also been informed by its experience working alongside international monitors on LEA use of force; monitoring and evaluating the implementation and operation of European Council Regulation 1236/2005 “concerning trade in certain goods which could be used for capital punishment, torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment” (Regulation 1236/2005); and previous work with the United States’ Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) on strengthening crime control license requirements under the EAR.