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Private Police Carry Guns And Make Arrests, And Their Ranks Are Swelling

Private Police

My thoughts: If “Private Police” have arrest and Citation powers, then they are real police. Real police must take the Oath to the Constitutions, both State and US. In other words, they must be Deputized. In my opinion, undeputized “security police” should have no powers of arrest or Citation, but are like any other security guards, who are there to protect private property and life. – Shorty Dawkins, Associate Editor

This article comes from the

By Justin Jouvenal

Michael Youlen stopped a driver in a Manassas apartment complex on a recent night and wrote the man a ticket for driving on a suspended license. With a badge on his chest and a gun on his hip, Youlen gave the driver a stern warning to stay off the road.

The stop was routine police work, except for one fact: Youlen is not a Manassas officer. The citation came courtesy of the private force he created that, until recently, he called the “Manassas Junction Police Department.”

He is its chief and sole officer.

He is a force of one.

And he is not alone. Like more and more Virginians, Youlen gained his police powers using a little-known provision of state law that allows private citizens to petition the courts for the authority to carry a gun, display a badge and make arrests. The number of “special conservators of the peace” — or SCOPs, as they are known — has doubled in Virginia over the past decade to roughly 750, according to state records.

The growth is mirrored nationally in the ranks of private police, who increasingly patrol corporate campuses, neighborhoods and museums as the demand for private security has increased and police services have been cut in some places.

The trend has raised concerns in Virginia and elsewhere, because these armed officers often receive a small fraction of the training and oversight of their municipal counterparts. Arrests of private police officers and incidents involving SCOPs overstepping their authority have also raised concerns.

The Virginia legislature approved a bill Friday increasing the training and regulation of SCOPs. The private officers would now be required to train for 130 hours, up from 40 hours — less than the state requires for nail technicians, auctioneers and security guards.

Read more here.


Shorty Dawkins



  1. “If “Private Police” have arrest and Citation powers, then they are real police. Real police must take the Oath to the Constitutions, both State and US.”

    Actually Shorty, no they are not real police, they are only citizens making a citizens arrest. If force it used to do it that is unwarranted – they were not (really) attacked, then it becomes assault.

    “Youlen gained his police powers using a little-known provision of state law that allows private citizens to petition the courts for the authority to carry a gun, display a badge and make arrests. The number of “special conservators of the peace” — or SCOPs, as they are known — has doubled in Virginia over the past decade to roughly 750, according to state records.”

    Show me where in the US Constitution that the courts can create a governmental professional law enforcement at all. That is not under their jurisdiction. The states LAWFULLY cannot either, they are constitutionally required to use the Militia of that state.

    They are not “cops”, like a lot of “laws” are actually “color of law”, PRETEND laws that the uninformed, domestic enemies, and outright traitors to the USA and the American people create with NO LAWFUL AUTHORITY to do so.

    The ONLY lawful authority the LE’s real or pseudo have IS the Oath – taking it and keeping it. No amount of badges, no uniform, no gun on the hip, etc can make a LAWFUL governmental professional law enforcement officer here in the USA, only the US Constitution can, and state Constitution’s – when they are in Pursuance thereof it, can also.

    Let’s look a bit closer at the US Constitution. It REQUIRES both the general (federal) and state governments to USE the Militias of the several states for any “law enforcement” purposes. It does NOT give those who serve within our governments – federal and state – the authority to create a governmental law enforcement agency; nor does it allow them to have and keep a standing military for the very reasons we are facing today – a militarized police state that would be, and is being, used against the American people and to bring the USA down, destroy the US Constitution.

    What it all comes down to is that Michael Youlen is not police. He has no lawful powers here in America. He might in China, Russia, etc depending on who was in power and who was backing him. But NOT here in the USA.

    What powers he is using to arrest is the same that all citizens have. But because he is (mis) representing himself as “law enforcement” he is committing a crime – impersonating a cop.

    There is a reason that the Preamble to the US Constitution starts with: “We, the people of the United States… do ordain and establish this constitution for the United States of America.

    As Dr Edwin Vieira states so well in his book “Constitutional “Homeland Security” Volume 1: the Nation in Arms”: “That means “that NONE of those tasks are assigned to the Army, to a Navy, to a (constitutionally unknown) National Guard, or least of all to any unnamed professional police, security, or intelligence agencies of the General Government or of any state or locality. Rather, the Constitution’s explicit emphasis on the Militia as the preeminent forces by politicians of a garrison, “national-security”, or police state…
    So those bound by Oath who “knowingly, with willful blindness, or in reckless disregard of the consequences of his/her action” votes for an unconstitutional act, bill, etc; when a “President or state governor refuses to veto it and instead executes it; or when a Judge, either of the supreme and inferior courts of the general government, or of any state knowingly declares such a statute valid and enforceable – each and every one of them violates his oath of office….” (End Dr. Vieira quote)

    The duty of US citizens to enforce the law was, and still is, a duty assigned to the people by the US Constitution. Citizens were, and are still, expected to be armed, trained, and equipped to chase suspects by whatever means they had whenever summoned or needed. When the people are called upon to enforce the laws of the state or where ever needed, they were to respond “not faintly and with lagging steps, but honestly and bravely and with whatever implements and facilities [were] convenient and at hand.”

    Laws in pretty much every state still require their citizens, without being the trained Militia or at times even armed, to assist in capturing escaped prisoners, arrest or assist in arresting criminals who committed a crime, and executing the legal process. When necessary any citizen (or those lawfully allowed to be here) could act in the capacity of law enforcement as a member of their state’s Militia without being a professional governmental law enforcement officer. When summoned by a sheriff, a private person then becomes a temporary member of that sheriff’s department.

    The US Constitution flat out says that law enforcement was, and still is a universal duty that each person owed to the community and the nation as the Militia of the several states, rather than a power of the governmental agency.

    The Militia is THE Constitutionally assigned lawful body to:
    — Enforce the US Constitution and each state’s Constitution,
    — Enforce and keep the “Laws of the Union” (which is constitutional laws ONLY),
    — Protect the country against all enemies both domestic and foreign, and
    — “to suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions”.

    Who are the Militia? All able-bodied citizens or those legally allowed to be here between the ages of 16 – 60.

    Think not? Read Trench Cox:

    Tench Coxe: “Who are the militia? are they not ourselves. Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birth-right of an American…The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal or state governments but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the hands of the people.”


    This was so they could never be USED against the people, against their country, against the US Constitution to destroy this nation.

    Oh, if he uses force, or the threat of force, then it becomes *terrorism against the American people (which is also treason).

    28 C.F.R. Section 0.85 Terrorism is defined as “the unlawful use of force and violence against persons or property to intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof, in furtherance of political or social objectives”.

    Title 18 U.S. Code section 2381: “When in the presence of two witnesses to the same overt act or in an open court of law if you fail to timely move to protect and defend the constitution of the United States and honor your oath of office you are subject to the charge of capital felony treason, and upon conviction you will be taken by the posse to the nearest busy intersection and at high noon hung by the neck until dead…The body to remain in state till dusk as an example to anyone who takes his oath of office lightly.

    (Revised and not as good – >) Title 18 U.S. Code section 2381: Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

    1. Well then tell all that to the Virginia House who have written and voted on the Bill. As a former LEO and later as a SCOP I can assure you there is a tremendous amount of confusion as to who, what , when, where and how.

  2. I liked the end of the article about less hours of training than a nail technician. Here in Arizona nail technicians require much more hours of expensive training paid for by the trainee than a firefighter whose training is paid for by the Government, the Great and Almighty Giver of Permissions. Just ask the Institute of Justice how often this power is abused and why. Can anyone say forfeiture laws?

    Just like in the ‘real’ police there will be abuses and, more likely, punishments for them. To avoid punishments for mistakes and abuses, wannabes will make sure they are well-prepared and may Chose to pay for training. No need for tax subsidized police training here. These Wannabes have probably spent more of their own money and time to train on gun use than the vast majority of ‘real’ policemen.

    The point is to realize that liberty, freedom of choice and capitalism work. Ain’t it grand?

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