Things in Colorado are getting worse, and perhaps a bit strange as well. Enter Senate Bill 13-013, a bill “concerning peace officer authority for certain employees of the United States Secret Service.”
The bill gives a special agent, uniform division officer, physical security technician, physical security specialist, or special officer of the United States secret service limited peace officer authority while working in Colorado.
SB 13-013 gives members of the Secret Service peace officer authority while working within Colorado. This means they would have the same arrest powers as county Sheriffs, and as some as speculating, would even allow the Secret Service to arrest Sheriffs that do not enforce Colorado’s new gun control legislation.
What’s worse is that SB 13-013 has already passed the House and the Senate, and is headed to Governor Hickenlooper’s desk to be signed.
Digging a little deeper, if you read the powers, authorities, and duties of the United States Secret Service as outlined in United States code, it would seem that technically the Secret Service already has the authority outlined in SB 13-013 unless I’m missing something. So why pass a law giving the Secret Service authority it already has?
The obvious answer is that SB 13-013 is in direct response to County Sheriffs like John Cooke who are refusing to enforce Colorado’s new gun control laws. That may or may not be true, but the question I have is, why did Colorado legislators specify the Secret Service? And why the “specify special agents, uniformed division officers, physical security technicians, physical security specialists or other special officers of the United States Secret Service” language?
Whatever the reason, I don’t think we’ve heard the last on this front.