Title: The United States Government and Police Submitted by: Travis Hance Course: CJS210 Due Date: October 14th, 2011 Course Instructor: Jason Garner

THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT AND POLICE The relationship between the United States government on a national level and the individual states law enforcement agencies is one that is simple on some levels, and complex on others.


In its simplest form, the national government provides a framework of federal codes, within which each state can function. While many times these codes are the result of legal decisions based on the application of the Constitution of the United States and its Amendments, they also encompass simpler matters, such as what color highway stripes and markers are. This framework of laws creates order, while respecting each states individuality. Each state then creates their unique set of legal codes. Police departments and law enforcement organizations use both the state and federal code in the prosecution of crimes.

In a more complex manner, the relationship between the government and state organizations does not stop here. Training centers, programs for funding of equipment purchases, and assistance with investigations are all areas where our national government works to assist state organizations. Matters of jurisdiction often complicate interagency support.

This relationship between the national government and local police agencies affects society within the United States as a whole in one simple way. While it is often cumbersome, and not perfect, the team comprised of local and national law enforcement, acts as a strong criminal deterrent.

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