Organizational Management and Operations Essay

1125 Words Apr 29th, 2012 5 Pages
Organizational Management and Operations
Keith W. Porter
CJA/484 Criminal Justice Administration Capstone
Jamie Herring
May 6, 2012 As of 2008, there are approximately 765,000 personnel employed as sworn officers in local and state law enforcement agencies throughout the United States (BJS, 2011) with an additional 105,000 law enforcement personnel in approximately 65 federal agencies as of 2004 (BJS, 2006). Law Enforcement agencies function at all levels of the government: local, state, and federal with many similarities and differences in their day-to-day operations, each responsible for specific duties and functions. These agencies have the formidable task of protecting the United States from foreign
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Law enforcement agencies at the state level also oversee the security of the state capital, to include the protection of the state governor, enforcing laws within the state parks, employment of drug task forces, training academies for their personnel along with supporting those agencies within the state that may be too small to have a law enforcement academy of their own, and providing forensic (technical and scientific) support services to state and local authorities. The federal government places into service several types of law enforcement personnel who work within the different agencies to deal with the different missions and crimes. Special agents and support staff for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are just some of the agencies who employ sworn law enforcement personnel. These agencies also provide support to the state and local agencies but are not authorized to enforce state and local laws. Along with the FBI, DEA, and ATF, the federal government also consists of the United States Marshals Service (USMS), and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As the oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency, the United States Marshals Service

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