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Law Enforcement Today
Tammy Goodwin CJI/200
December 09, 2012 Michael De Franco

Law Enforcement Today

Law Enforcement Today

There are a lot of problems in today’s police departments.

Starting with the closings of many police stations, which are being

replaced with mini sub-stations. These sub stations are supposed to be

helping the police with rough neighborhoods by placing them right in

the center of them. It is not helping much at all.

Crime is everywhere and there are not enough police to go

around. Police departments are taking cuts in budgets and even laying

officer’s off or sending them off to different departments because their

budgets are not big enough to pay their salaries. Officers are being

spread so thin because their jurisdictions have been stretched so far that

they are becoming irritable, and in some cases they just give up. It does

not help when the different departments do not communicate with each

other.

“Information sharing between federal, state, and local agencies is

a key element of the U.S. government’s homeland security strategy.”

(Hamilton Bean, Volume V, No. 2, 2009.) After 9/11 happened federal

officials posted a 9/11 threat environment which requires a “trusted

partnership,” between local, state, and federal agencies. This would help

with information sharing effective to ensure national security. This is

very important to help secure our country, and it would also help with

solving murders, kidnappings, etc.

Some believe that this is not what is happening. The different

agencies argue and fight over jurisdictions. Local and state agencies do

not like to call in the federal agencies because they seem to believe that

they are being pushed to the back of the line. They despise having to call

them in on a case because of this. They will try everything in their power

to keep the case local, and will only call them in when they have reached

the last of their resources. The only way to get these agencies to work

together is by showing and giving respect, and not trying to take over,

but to include all of the agencies that are involved. Stepping on toes, and

pushing others a side only brings distrust and hatred.

There is so much that is already wrong with all of our law

enforcement agencies, and having these private inside wars between

them does not help with sorting out any of the issues. The interaction

between the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the

local, state and federal agencies seems to be almost nil to none. William

V. Pelfey explained how information sharing ideally leads to improved

awareness and preparedness: “If … information sharing [is] effective,

threats, risks, and vulnerabilities can be effectively identified, targets can

be appropriately hardened, and suspects identified while an event is still

in its inchoate stage.” (William F. Pelfrey, 2005.) Feeling safe in our

homes, towns, cities, states, and country is very important. There are so

many people who are scared that they will say the wrong thing because

they could be arrested for terrorism, or even worse they could be

ignored, and then something horrible happens, another attack from

inside our country.

It seems like everyone wants to be the hero. This officer wants

to be the one who brought down the said terrorist, so he does not tell the

right officials and then besides himself being killed, hundreds if not

thousands of other lives have been destroyed. This of course is just a

hypothetical situation, but it could happen, and...
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