March 1, 2012

State of Alabama
Press Release: Homeland Security, Department of

Director Spencer Collier issues statement regarding Tennessee Valley Authority Police Force

MONTGOMERY—The Alabama Department of Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier issued a statement Thursday, March 1, 2012, regarding the Tennessee Valley Authority’s recent elimination of its police force. 


Director Collier stated:  “Obviously, there are a litany of jurisdictional issues involved since TVA is a federal property in addition to the supplementary pressure placed on local law enforcement and emergency management to respond to calls for service.”


The Alabama Department of Homeland Security is the primary state regulatory agency charged with the responsibility for critical infrastructure protection. 


“We are working with the local law enforcement/emergency management officials and we are attempting to reach out to TVA authorities in order to develop a solution that is mutually advantageous to all parties involved.  Our goal is to avoid placing additional responsibility and an unfunded mandate on the local law enforcement/emergency management officials as there is no available funding to augment this emerging need.  The safety of the citizens of Alabama is always our highest priority.”


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