LAW Enforcement vs BAIL Enforcement – What’s the Difference?
When a person signs an application for bail, that person waives certain rights. For example, the right to refuse consent to search a dwelling, the right to due process (no warrant required), etc. This is why Bail Enforcement Agents, or “Bounty Hunters” possess a much greater authority when it comes to executing arrest(s) of defendants who have failed to meet the requirements of a bail surety agreement.
US Fugitive Apprehension, which is the largest private bail investigations agency in the State of Minnesota, has executed thousands of arrest warrants over the years of its existence. During the course of these apprehensions, there has been many times that law enforcement gets involved, but that does NOT mean, under ANY circumstance, that law enforcement is somehow associated with the agency.
A police officer is commonly referred to as a “Public Servant”. These brave men and women are SWORN to protect, and to serve the citizens of their state. Bail Enforcement Agents, on the other hand, are NOT sworn to that oath. Although the experienced, professional, and courageous members of our arrest team will ALWAYS act to preserve peace and ensure the safety of innocent person(s), it is NOT their “duty” to do so.
When a police officer “believes” that a person with a felony warrant “may” be inside a dwelling, the police officer typically applies for a search warrant based on the information that they have from the street. When a Bail Enforcement Agent has the same information, they are not restricted to a search warrant, and are protected under certain specific State Statutes, as well as Supreme Court rulings designed to allow “Bounty Hunters” to cross certain boarders, and enter specific dwellings, buildings, etc when looking for their defendant.
Professional Bail Investigators sometimes experience a “wall” or “defensive posture” when dealing with police officers on the street. This is because the industry is SELF-REGULATED, and there are many individuals practicing in the field who “decided” to become a “Bounty Hunter” after watching a weekend marathon of certain reality television shows. Bail Enforcement is NOT a game. Every person a Bail Investigator comes into contact with is either wanted, or presumably hiding someone who is. These are people who ARE, with most certainty, going to jail. Along with the threat of violence due to the defendants’ intent to unlawfully flee, there is also the danger by association. There IS A WAR ON COPS in our Country today, and Bail Enforcement Agents are often associated with Law Enforcement, and may be targeted just for wearing a badge.
In today’s climate of law enforcement, there are two sides: The good guys, and us. When a GOOD cop observes a professional arrest team in the field, it is most likely that the agencies will work alongside each other WITHOUT blurring the lines of association. This means that when the two agencies are working on the same incident, one is charged with the arrest, and the other is charged with preserving safety and peace for EVERYONE involved.
There is literally hours of time that could be spent reading, conversing, and writing about this very topic. There have been many times where our association (or lack thereof) with law enforcement is explained to the public while performing our duties on the street. At the end of the day, our agency has a job to do. Our agents are assigned the most primal duty that exists in our world: To Hunt Man.
Don’t miss court. You’ll just go to jail, tired.