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Police Operations In the United States, policing agencies at all levels participate in various activities and operations. Responsibility, naming, function, authority, and jurisdictions vary at local, state, and federal levels of law enforcement. Although there is little uniformity among them—and the relationships between them need to improve—these agencies face the same dangers, use similar weapons and technology, and geared toward the same future of law enforcement. The Dangers of policing Police officers are frequently faced with danger; it is part of the job description. Physical harm is one of the greatest dangers for police officers. An officer could be assaulted or attacked by an armed criminal at any time. A lack of adequate back up is another danger for police officers. Although a police officer should not pursue any situation in which he or she is widely outnumbered, and without back up, this is always a possibility. At times, an officer will offer to transport someone who is experiencing car trouble; police never know when a person will try to attack. Physical harm and death are not the only dangers of policing. Stress-related illness and personal-life turmoil are also realistic dangers of police work. Demanding jobs may take a serious toll on an officer’s life and health, if safety and stress are not managed properly (Walker & Katz, 2008). September 11, 2001 brought another realistic danger of policing to the surface. In the past nine years, the federal government has taken precautionary measures toward responding to terrorist threats and attacks. However, local law enforcement agencies must work to



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