‘What Does the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Need with 96 Armed Agents?’
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'NOAA — the folks who forecast the weather, monitor the atmosphere and keep tabs on the oceans and waterways — has its own law enforcement division. It has a budget of $65 million and consists of 191 employees, including 96 special agents and 28 enforcement officers who carry weapons.
'There’s no question there’s been a proliferation of police units at the federal level. '