What is the difference between local, county, state, and federal law enforcement? What do we have them and how is their authority differing?
Local officials will enforce all levels of law. The most common law enforcement officials that we see are municipal police officers that deal with cities and townships. The main difference between these officers and those at the state or federal level is they are the initial enforcement front for all criminal laws. Police Chiefs are usually appointed by the mayor but sometimes elected to office. They can be anywhere from a detective to a dispatcher to jailers that protect us as citizens and enforce laws passed at all levels of government. Their activities are generally limited to the jurisdiction they're assigned to, as opposed to officers at the state or federal level.
State enforcement officials are normally elected by county voters in most states. They are sheriffs with their own deputies which are usually responsible for patrolling an area's state and federal routes, areas that are not policed municipalities. They deliver papers to people who are being sued for things like foreclosure and more. They are in some ways like municipal police, however they can enforce local, state or federal laws on the front lines. Many states have highway patrol and, or state police officers who commonly are found along highways enforcing state traffic, criminal or civil laws. Officers in state prisons also are considered part of each our state law enforcement. A difference from the others is they enforce state laws within the confines of a state institution.
Our federal government has many types of law enforcement agents, all enforcing laws and policies. These are some of the highest of are government. They can be special agents; support staffs for different agencies that include are Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Drug Enforcement Agency and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. They can also be involved in a few...