In many ways our country has taken the industry of law enforcement a little too far. Recently I visited my former college campus (to listen to the TED talks) and noticed many changes since I had been there last. One of which was a campus police force (where we had previously had a small token security guard personnel). This is typical of many college campuses (both public and private that have their own law enforcement agencies). That is just another layer of government that civilians have to submit to and more government that can charge you with a crime. Standing at the relatively peaceful campus of University of Houston Downtown for another example one is under the jurisdiction of the UHD Police Department, Houston METRO Police, Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff’s Department, Texas Department of Public Safety and the federal government. That list includes at least 6 different law enforcement agencies that can charge you with a crime. This industry of law enforcement has gotten out of hand as the legislature authorizes all the small communities to incorporate into cities and have their own city ordinances and police forces. Here in the Harris County (greater Houston metropolitan) area there are more than 100 different law enforcement agencies operating looking for people to charge with any violation of legal statutes.
As you ponder the fear of God that this puts into you, let us remember that our legislature let this happen.