Police Department Roles and Functions

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Police Department Roles and Functions
CJA/214
September 20, 2012
Scott Mann

Roles and Functions The Police Department must serve many roles and purposes so they also must take care of any issues that arise, dealing with the law or public safety. For this reason they have different specialized concentrations of officers designed to carry out certain functions. This also varies according to jurisdiction where there are state, local and even federal jurisdictions. This also affects what are their basic roles while doing patrol work or carrying out the specialized detail for whatever function they need enforced. In the United States the mission of law enforcement is to maintain the public safety, by reducing the occurrence of crimes
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Criminal investigation is also performed as a function of a patrolling officer if they are the first responder to a scene of a crime, they need to secure the scene, gather evidence and provide emergency assistance, but only a small amount of time is actually spent doing this. Understanding or predicting crime and partnering with community organizations solve and avoid social problems. Patrol officers also need support services such as their dispatch, training and human resources; these help maintain an internal organization that is efficient and effective for officers. (Schmallenger, 2011)
Conclusion
The Police Department serve many roles and purposes in the community as previously discussed and in doing so they efficiently take care of issues that arise in the public concerning their safety. The specialized concentrations of officers and their functions for crime prevention and patrol deter criminal activity. Jurisdiction does not bound any criminal so there are many different law enforcement agencies to help with these issues and conduct investigations to enforce laws based on these special needs. The United States mission of law enforcement is to maintain its public safety and with so many agencies, trained officers and ever evolving goals; they do reduce the crime occurrence
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