Law Enforcement Agencies and Systems
Law enforcement agencies and systems in the United States have evolved significantly since their inception. Initially, the approaches used by law enforcement agencies and systems were based on the needs of communities in which they were located. For example, largely urban and commercial areas in the northeast such as New York and Boston developed law enforcement agencies and systems similar to those in London in which officers patrolled neighborhoods on foot. This approach worked well in densely populated areas but not in rural areas, in which hundreds of miles of terrain had to be patrolled. Law enforcement agencies and systems were virtually nonexistent in the Old West until migration to those areas necessitated the establishment of state and county agencies to serve the population. Today, the evolution of law enforcement agencies and systems continues. The exact structure of each law enforcement agency and system is still, to some degree, driven by the demands of the local, regional, and/or state-based needs of the citizenry.
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The assignment (2–3 pages): due Wednesday September 7, 2016.
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