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Question #35933 posted on 05/12/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Can a city or state enforce a national law? Can a city enforce a state law? Does it depend on the situation? (yes, you are not lawyers; no, you cannot give legal advice; anyone who believes you, blah, blah, blah)

- Patata Brava

A: Dear Brave Potato(?)~

I asked a campus cop about this one, one Mr. Craig Merrill (spelling unknown), and he indicated that, as a police officer, he will enforce any law he can, be it city, state, or federal.

I have to admit I'm not completely sure what your question is, exactly, but police officers enforce the law. The FBI gets involved when the crime in question may involve crossing state lines (and possibly in other situations I'm not savvy to) like bank robberies or kidnapings.

It could become a question, however, if the police officer is outside of werf's jurisdiction. (A Provo cop in Oklahoma, for example) In this case, werf would simply have to make a judgment call.

Does this answer your question? If not, feel free to write in with a clarification.