Local Law Enforcement and Public Administration

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-31816-5_1176-1



Law enforcement: It is the prevention, detection, and investigation of crime and the apprehension and detention of individuals suspected of law violation. This includes the individuals and agencies responsible for enforcing laws and maintaining public order and public safety (Bureau of Justice 2016).


Society is organized around a set of rules, known as laws. Laws provide structure to our lives and provide boundaries of acceptable behavior. Laws are created by government and implemented by the bureaucracy. Various iterations of police are responsible for ensuring people are following the laws. These agencies attempt to prevent crimes from occurring and to protect people from criminals as well as to apprehend and prosecute lawbreakers. Law enforcement agencies operate at all levels of government, including at multiple levels within states. Agencies such as the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northern Arizona UniversityFlagstaffUSA