The Criminal Justice Tree

Assignment 2: The Criminal Justice Tree
Different agencies in the criminal justice system have different functions, methodologies, and manners of functioning, even though the overall mission of all agencies is public safety.

The federal, state, and local entities have different functions even though their goals are the same—public safety, security, and welfare. The federal, state, and local authorities are often barred from working on the same type of cases, but, in many instances, they assist one another and compliment the efforts of one another with their specialized knowledge, training, capabilities, and resources. Additionally, different agencies from different levels of the government bring their own contacts, thought processes, and specializations that are unavailable elsewhere in an effort to fight crime.


Using the readings from the textbook, the Argosy University online library resources, and other outside sources, write a 2–3-page report including the following:

Identify and examine one agency from the local, state, and federal levels of law enforcement that focuses on a crime of your choice.
Compare and contrast the roles and authority of these agencies. (For example, if you are interested in animals and nature, you might examine a local animal control or humane agency, your state’s game warden service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service).
Compare and contrast the different jurisdictions, duties, and resources used by the city, county, and federal agencies that might investigate a kidnapping, robbery, or potential act of terror.

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