The Montana Police Protective Association is contemplating having legislation presented at the 2014 Session that would give Montana certified peace officers the authority to perform law enforcement duties beyond the limits of the officer’s normal jurisdiction in defined situations. The extended authority would give a peace officer statewide authority to enforce laws, make arrests and assist peace officers of another jurisdiction, among others. In this time of public fear over terrorism, this proposal for having expanded law enforcement has an appeal. However, this expanded authority raises concerns over liability exposure to the jurisdiction who employs the officer, workers compensation issues if the officer is injured, and whether the officer is entitled to compensation and if so from whom.
The League will oppose legislation to authorize a peace office to exercise police duties beyond the limits of the officer’s normal jurisdiction.