Essay about Swot Analysis: Police and Society

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Police and Society SWOT Analysis (Paper #1) Ever since September 11th, 2001 a lot of Law Enforcement agencies were created. Many were federal level agencies and others were state level agencies. When asked to compare two different Law Enforcement Agencies, I chose to compare and analyze the Drug and Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). The reason I chose to compare these two agencies is because I feel that these two agencies have a lot in common and at times can even overlap in job descriptions and or duties. I will go into further detail to fully detail my analysis of these two agencies. I will start with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). The DEA is part of …show more content…

We partner with communities, industries, law enforcement, and public safety agencies to safeguard the public we serve through information sharing, training, research, and use of technology”. (ATF, 2012) When reading both of these mission statements they both tend to do the same thing and that is to protect our community from violent criminals. Whether or not one controls illicit drug manufacturing and the other illicit firearms distribution, in essence they are both somewhat doing the same mission, and that is to protect our communities from violent criminals and offenses that strike our U.S. soil. The SWOT analysis focuses on guiding the reader to identify positives and negatives inside and outside of an organization. Some of the strengths I would like to point out can be linked to both agencies because I feel that they both provide positive enforcements within our communities. Both agencies have a lot of career opportunities and that brings a lot of job openings for the career paths of those holding a Criminal Justice degree. In 2011, the DEA consisted of 9,906 total employees with about 4,890 of them being Special Agents. ATF consists of 5,025 employees with about 2,508 being Special Agents. Even though we can see that DEA has a lot more employees, which in essence is a strength for them. Some weakness for both can be the fact of pay cuts and not enough funding. DEA and ATF both get funding from the Department of Justice. DEA yearly budget

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