May 17, 2015
In this essay I will be talking about police agencies. What each level can do and how much jurisdiction has.
Level One Heading
Police are one of the most ubiquitous organizations of the society. The policemen,
therefore, happen to be the most visible representatives of the government. In an hour
of need, danger, crisis and difficulty, when a citizen does not know, what to do and
whom to approach, the police station and a policeman happen to be the most
appropriate and approachable unit and person for him. The police are expected to be
the most accessible, interactive and dynamic organization of any society. Their roles,
functions and duties in the society are natural to be varied, and multifarious on the one
hand; and complicated, knotty and complex on the other. Broadly speaking the twin
roles, which the police are expected to play in a society are maintenance of law and
maintenance of order. However, the ramifications of these two duties are numerous,
which result in making a large inventory of duties, functions, powers, roles and
responsibilities of the police organization.
Here are some examples of local, state and federal police agencies. Local would be
county, tribal, and regional police. Their functions are to serve, protect, provide public services
and to enforce the law. State Police / Highway Patrol – State police often perform police duties
to include highway patrol and statewide investigations. Some states have only highway patrol
with investigative functions covered by a separate entity such as a state bureau of investigation.
State police assist local police with investigations and emergencies that extend beyond the
resources and jurisdictional boundaries of the local agency. Federal would be US Customs and
Border Protection, federal bureau of prisons and the FBI. Their functions are...