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In today’s society, law enforcement officers are faced with many issues. Different issues can arise in any level of the law enforcement agencies. One of the main things to help with the issues is for officers to be trained to the best of their ability. Each level of law enforcement is linked in one way or another. In this essay, I am going to explain some of the issues that the police department are facings in today’s society. Describe how the local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies currently interact with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). As well as, give suggestions for how the relationship between DHS and police departments may be improved. There may not be the right answer to fixing the issues of law enforcement agencies, but understanding what the issues are will be the first step. Helping fix the issues in the systems and between the levels of the law enforcement agencies will help the criminal justice system grow stronger.
According to Schmalleger (2011) the issues facing police departments in todays are corruption, on-the-job dangers, and the use of deadly force derive from the very nature of police work (p.266). Some of the issues are because of the risk officers take to serve and protect our communities, unfortunately there are issues that officers take on their own. When an office choices not to do their job with honor they may choice corruption. “The abuse of police authority for personal or organizational gain” (Schmalleger, 2011). Corruption affects the entire community, the police department, and every police department worldwide. Part of our current problems stem from the level of drugs, the new drugs that are being produced, along with the gangs and guns in our cities. Other issues that officers face are issues that some may say come with the job.
On-the-job dangers, the use of deadly force, and derive from the very nature of police work can be very dangerous. Officers put themselves on the front line every day and can be harmed by criminals who have no concern for others lives. Working in the line of duty can also put officer in harm’s way by risk of disease and infected evidence and stress and fatigue. With the training and always staying aware of the officer’s environment, they can help to protect themselves. Each member of the law enforcement is grouped in a level, with these levels working together issues can be addressed. When there is good communication and work together more can be do against crime. Our local and county police in today’s society role is to serve and protect the citizens in the communities. Our state police are responsible for their gaming commissioning, wildlife protection, and political corruption.
Federal law enforcement focus on the larger issues such as immigration, drugs and human trafficking, and gun smuggling. The U.S. department of Homeland Security (DHS) is an agency through the federal government. Our local, state, and federal state law enforcement agencies are working together to assist in the prevention of crime with terrorist. “As part of its commitment to hometown security, DHS has worked to get tools, information, and resources out of Washington, D.C. and into the hands of our federal, state, local, tribal and territorial law enforcement partners” (Homeland Security, 2014). Our text says, “In today’s post-9/11 world, local police departments play an especially important role in responding to the challenges of terrorism” (Schmalleger, 2011). According to Schmalleger (2011) they also have “Prevention, not just response and recovery, must be paramount in any national, state, or local security strategy.
For too long, federal strategies have minimized the importance of prevention, focusing instead on response and recovery (p.198). With the local, state, and federal law enforcement working with the Department of Homeland Security there has been progression in the prevention against terrorist. To keep all the levels and departments of law enforcement working together will not only help with terrorist but with all crime that is committed in the United States. There are a couple of suggestions for improving the relationships between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and police departments. There should be agents from DHS that come to higher terrorist rate areas to interact with the police department helping inform them.
They can also get more information being there instead of reading reports. This should also go vice versa, members from the police department should spend time at the DHS offices to get a better understanding of how it is ran and how they can help. As the times change in the world today the law enforcement agencies have to change with it to stay ahead of criminals. Working on the issues and doing the best they can to overcome them and to learn the safest ways to work with them can only improve the officers. There are many different types of crimes out there and different agencies need to work together, just like how they support the DHS on terrorist. Moving agents or officers around to experience and learn new techniques or strategies can only help to improve what the criminal justice system does for America.