Air Force Cooperation with Civilian Law Enforcement Officials: The Perceived Operational Impact.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS
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In 1981 Public Law 97-86 relaxed the restrictions on military participation in civil law enforcement. As a result, the Air Force is now receiving an increasing number of requests for support from civilian law enforcement officials at all levels. One of the constraints in the new law, however, is that the Air Force may not provide support if doing so would adversely impact readiness. This thesis surveyed those units that provided support in 1983 and the first quarter of 1984 to determine the perceived impact of these support efforts on the units operations and readiness and to identify the costs and benefits of providing this support. The results indicate the diversion of Air Force resources to civilian law enforcement efforts has not caused a significant negative impact on Air Force operations. In fact, because of the gains accrued, the Air Force could accommodate an increased level of support before a net deterioration in readiness would occur.
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