Federal Bureau of Investigation officials are in a turf battle with other federal law-enforcement agencies over perceived attempts to muscle into what the FBI considers its territory: fighting violent crime.
In the past year, 61% of the FBI's 56 field offices have run into "severe" or "moderate" conflicts with other federal law-enforcement agencies, according to an internal survey conducted by the bureau's Criminal Investigative Division. A summary of the survey was included in a memo circulated to managers in July and reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
The memo provides a rare public look at the tensions that simmer beneath the surface as federal agents from an alphabet soup of three-letter agencies try to make big arrests and win prestige and congressional funding. It shows the FBI fretting that smaller agencies—particularly Homeland Security Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives—are taking over cases the FBI should handle, sometimes causing confusion.Bold by HSIB in the above. But, there's a lesson in that for all those who reflexively turn to the government to solve society's ills.