"Above all, I would teach him to tell the truth. Truth-telling, I have found, is the key to responsible citizenship. The thousands of criminals I have seen in 40 years of law enforcement have had one thing in common: Every single one was a liar."
- J. Edgar Hoover
Law encompasses virtually every aspect of modern life. For good reason, law enforcement agencies are many and varied. Although many may appear similar, each has a different mission. And each bureaucracy has an enforcement arm.
The history of Modern Law Enforcement can be traced to organizations like the Boston Watch, the London Metropolitan Police, the Texas Rangers and many others. Examine now, all contributions to modern policing worldwide.
Law enforcement careers are often the preferred direction for those seeking degrees in Criminal Justice. However, not all careers are as glamorous as the movies would have us believe. Career paths vary by goals and training.
Technology has always had an impact on law enforcement. From fingerprint tech to the automobile to the mobile radio then DNA and now the Internet, technology often brings monumental changes to policing.
Forensics is a separate, integrated branch of law enforcement. While Hollywood has romanticized the field, forensics is really a field for those with a taste for long hours in a lab coat analyzing evicence samples.
Law Enforcement changes almost daily. Where once departments did not issue guns, now they do. Where they formerly only used handguns, they now use high-powered rifles and more. What does the future hold?
Our Mission is to provide criminal justice students worldwide with easy access to all the resources they need to better understand and apply the laws and regulations governing crime and justice.
While the Federal Department of Justice holds ultimate authority over all law enforcement efforts in the United States, the jurisdictions are divided among four general levels of governance. These are Federal, State, County and Local.
And it should be noted that global law enforcement efforts largely follow these or similar distinctions. Nearly every nation allows smaller jurisdictions a degree of lattitude in policing their populations. For this reason, the oversight sections will examine the U.S. model, but also provide insights into differences worldwide.
Federal oversight of law enforcement in the U.S. is through the Department of Justice. The FBI is perhaps the most visible, but not the only agency under the DOJ.
While Troopers are the most visible of state law enforcement, each state has multiple agencies which serve specialized functions.
Each county in the U.S. has some form of law enforcement, the most visible being the Sheriff's Department.
On a local level, cities, towns and villages have local law enforcement agencies, most often referred to as Police Departments.
International Law Enforcement
Every nation on the planet has some form of law enforcement. In these pages, we explore how each nation handles law enforcement.
How Can We Help Law Enforcement Today?
One of the goals of this website is to help criminal justice professionals in their job. We are offering EVERY Police Department in the World a page on this site to do with as they see fit.
The department can make the page a recruiting tool, a general information page, or a means of disseminating news quickly, or whatever.
About CJLaw Intl
The purpose of Criminal Justice Law International is to explore issues of importance to Criminal Justice and Law students worldwide while providing tools and resources to enhance education.
Justice is NOT just an American concept.
Justice, social justice, and criminal justice impact everyone on the planet. As the world becomes more globalized, more interconnected via technology and transportation, a need arises to alter the old ways of approaching criminals and crime control.
We hope to be a positive influence on these changes. Learn more About CJLaw Intl.