Swot Analysis: Police and Society

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Police and Society
SWOT Analysis (Paper #1)

Ever since September 11th, 2001 a lot of Law Enforcement agencies were created. Many were federal level agencies and others were state level agencies. When asked to compare two different Law Enforcement Agencies, I chose to compare and analyze the Drug and Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The reason I chose to compare these two agencies is because I feel that these two agencies have a lot in common and at times can even overlap in job descriptions and or duties. I will go into further detail to fully detail my analysis of these two agencies.

I will start with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The DEA is part of the Department of Justice. As stated on their online website, “The mission of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is to enforce the controlled substances laws and regulations of the United States and bring to the criminal and civil justice system of the United States, or any other competent jurisdiction, those organizations and principal members of organizations, involved in the growing, manufacture, or distribution of controlled substances appearing in or destined for illicit traffic in the United States; and to recommend and support non-enforcement programs aimed at reducing the availability of illicit controlled substances on the domestic and international markets”. (Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), 2012).

Now I will compare the DEA’s mission to that of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). ATF was part of the Department of Treasury until December of 2003, when they were transferred to the Department of Justice. ATF’s mission as stated on their website is as follows, “A unique law enforcement agency in the United States Department of Justice that protects our communities from violent criminals, criminal organizations, the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, the illegal use and...
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