Police Agencies Roles And Functions

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Police agencies have various functions that they perform. These functions include arresting criminals, interrogating individuals, patrolling neighborhoods, enforcing multiple laws set forth by the government, ministry of presence, and serving and protecting the community. Law enforcement in the United States is a complex establishment that is comprised of three levels; local, state, and federal agencies. Each level has their own jurisdiction and laws to uphold which means that the tasks performed at each level are different. If the responsibilities were limited in the community it would result in more chaos and more crime, and people would no longer seek police assistance.
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Some states hold the responsibility of training new police recruits for city departments, but it depends on the state. Some states have their own bureau of investigations unit to aid in investigations pertaining to serious crimes, such as kidnapping, rape, and murder.
Federal law enforcement agencies do not provide the basic services of community protection or criminal investigations, and the roles of the different agencies are specified by federal statute (Walker & Katz, 2011). The roles and responsibilities of officers at the federal level have been separated into the two most pertinent departments; the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice (Grant and Terry, 2008). Even though federal law enforcement agencies are not as complex in the duties required of their officers, it is far more complex because there are many different agencies that are designed to manage specific types of crimes. The Department of Homeland Security is responsible for providing security measures for the United States of America in a variety of ways through the employment of different agencies. According to Walker & Katz (2011), these safety procedures include protection against terrorism attacks like the devastating events of September 11, 2001, ensuring that people are entering the U.S. legally, detecting and apprehending individuals smuggling drugs, weapons and other contraband into the states, and improving the security for frequent forms of transportation. The Department of Justice is mandated to enforce U.S. laws; protect citizens against criminals, enforcing drug ...

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