Current Law Enforcement Issues
A number of contemporary issues, including, but not limited to, terrorism, gangs, drugs, organized crime, and cyber threats, require proactive or preventative law enforcement practices. For example, to prevent terrorism, there is a national shift to integrate and share information across all law enforcement agencies while still keeping information secure. Likewise, smaller local law enforcement agencies are increasingly called upon to notify the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) about threats in their geographic area. In addition to terrorism, another issue affecting law enforcement practices is organized crime.
Law enforcement agencies are using joint task forces to anticipate crime and apprehend suspects associated with organized crime by focusing on base operations that often fall in numerous jurisdictions. For example, in 2005, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and numerous local police forces across the country and abroad launched a wide-scale raid against the international gang Mara Salvatrucha, commonly called MS-13. The raid netted over 600 arrests across the U.S. and also included arrests in Central America. Cyber threats related to issues ranging from identity theft to the solicitation of minors for sex also require law enforcement officers to be proactive.
Specialists in many agencies work as civilian employees who do not carry firearms but are very sophisticated in detecting, tracking, and locating cybercriminals. In this Discussion, you consider how these and other issues impact current law enforcement practices.
To prepare for this Assignment:
Review Chapter 12 of your course text, Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices. Focus on how gang-initiated and drug-related crime influences the daily activities of many police agencies.
Review the assigned pages in Chapter 13 of your course text, Policing America: Challenges and Best Practices. Pay attention to how illegal immigration impacts police efforts to combat a variety of criminal enterprises.
Review the article, “The Chess Master’s Game: A Model for Incorporating Local Police Agencies in the Fight Against Global Terrorism.” Take note of the new strategic approach police agencies may use to battle terrorism.
Select one of the current issues to use for this assignment.
Think about how the issue you selected impacts current law enforcement practices.
With these thoughts in mind:
Post by Wednesday October 05, 2016 a 350 word description of the issue you selected. Then explain how it impacts current law enforcement practices. Be specific and use examples to support your explanation.
Support your work with proper APA citations from the Learning Resources and any other sources.