To: President Obama
Re: Department of Homeland Security
Department of Homeland Security
I am sending you the following correspondence in reference to the Department of Homeland Security and its structure. I wish to examine the arguments for the existence of this department and the concepts and information provided in my “Police Administration” textbook about the department. I ask you to consider the question “Is the feeling of heightened security worth the risk of eroding our individual Constitutional rights and freedoms?” In this memo, I will provide my opinions to you, the President of the United States of America, on how this Criminal Justice Agency is structured and whether or not it is effectively managed.
In order to properly address the Department of Homeland security, we must first establish how the department came into existence, the purpose of the existence of the department, its functions, and how the department serves the country. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was created through the integration of all or part of 22 different Federal departments and agencies into a unified, integrated Department, and how DHS has become a more effective and integrated Department, creating a strengthened homeland security enterprise and a more secure America that is better equipped to confront the range of threats we face. Eleven days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge was appointed as the first Director of the Office of Homeland Security in the White House. The office oversaw and coordinated a comprehensive national strategy to safeguard the country against terrorism and respond to any future attacks.
With the passage of the Homeland Security Act by Congress in November 2002, the Department of Homeland Security formally came into being as a stand-alone, Cabinet-level department to further coordinate and unifies
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