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The deputization of each of the officers allows them to assist ATF in explosives-related incidents which may occur outside their normal areas of jurisdiction.
Collins' deputization, in the court's view, "did not alter his status as an agent or employee of the operator of the park.
Deputization confers upon otherwise private actors the formal attributes of public police, and thus the privileges of these powers carry with them the constraints of constitutional law.
Judicial inquiry into the existence of state involvement is mainly superficial; formal deputization is often determinative.
The deputization of private counsel in certain circumstances, the increased costs of invoking Constitutional rights, and other consequences to the American legal process caused by the shift in Department of Justice policy are significant.
The posse comitatus deputizations were used because of concerns about the risk of looting and other disorder.