Policing Functions Paper

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Policing Functions PaperNameClassDateProfessorPolicing Functions Paper All police officers play the same role in society which is to maintain law and order, investigate crimes, and ensure the guilty offenders are arrested and charged with the crimes they commit. While police officers play the same role they also provide different functions in different jurisdictions. Law enforcement is broken down into federal, state, and local police and in each of these jurisdictions will have separate policing agencies that play a distinct role. Each agency is assigned a specific role in a specific jurisdiction. Federal law enforcement polices the nation, while state law enforcement agencies police the entire state. The local law enforcement agency polices the city, town, or county. The police officers role is to prevent and control conduct widely recognized as threatening to life and property and aid individuals who are in danger of physical harm (Stevens, 2005). While police officers play the same role they also fulfill different functions. Federal law enforcement agencies are tasked with investigating and arresting criminal offenders but based on the jurisdiction or authority they have been given. If the crime threatens the safety of the nations citizens, economy, or property the federal law enforcement agency will have jurisdiction but if the crime occurs within the borders of the state the state has jurisdiction over the crime. In the federal

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