Proposed Bill Give Police New Authority

Rawlins, WY – A bill headed for consideration during next month's legislative session would enable peace officers to have full authority in neighboring jurisdictions. Current law provides no authorization for peace officers outside their jurisdictions unless he or she has been specifically requested by a police chief or sheriff in response to a specific indicent. State Representative George Bagby of Rawlins says the bill has wide support from city officials and police. But he says some legislators have resisted because they fear giving too much authority to police.