Police Department and Organization Ppt Essay

1291 Words May 16th, 2013 6 Pages
Police roles and Functions Paper
Tracy Marzano
May 16, 2013

All law enforcement agencies in the United States are connected to one another due to the fact that most agencies have multi levels of government and overlapping jurisdictions. In general all levels and departments of law enforcement work and co-operate together to protect the citizens, and to prevent and solve crimes. Local law enforcement agencies are entrusted with the power to serve and protect the public and maintain peace within the community. Most local law enforcement agencies are small in size and employ many civilians for data processing, finger printing and other clerical duties. Local law enforcement agencies are responsible for patrolling an area or
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All eight of these agencies work together to combat worldwide criminal activity such as terrorism, organized crime, foreign intelligence, federal drug offenses and white collar crimes. Under the Department of Homeland security (DHS) the primary function is to protect United States citizens against international and domestic terrorism. There are fifteen separate agencies that operate under the control of the Secretary of Homeland Security.

The DHS consist of the United States Secret Service, the United States Customs Service, Bureau of Customs and Border protection, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Gaines, Miller, 2006). Each of these agencies perform different tasks but the main objective is the same; monitor international and foreign military and or terrorist activities to protect citizens from harm, to stop illegal transport and delivery of goods through customs, to stop illegal immigrants from entering the country illegally.

The Department of the Treasury is also part of law enforcement. The primary office is known as the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) was formed in 1789 to regulate and control the federal government’s financial affairs. The IRS mints coins and prints paper money, borrows money, collects taxes from individuals and corporations, and pays all of the federal governments expenses (Gaines, Miller, 2006). The IRS Department also focuses on

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