Modern law enforcement operations and strategies are driven by best practices in the areas of data collection and manipulation, addressing special populations, and preventing organized criminal activities. A tremendous amount of specialization has evolved in today’s sphere of policing, especially among federal, state, and local agencies. Perhaps what is most evident is how the law enforcement agencies of the federal government have retooled to meet today’s challenge of terrorism. Use your textbook, the Internet, and/or the Strayer Library (https://research.strayer.edu) to research credible sources on the aforementioned issues as they relate to law enforcement operations and management.
Write a 6- to 8-page paper in which you:
Identify and describe the major functions of the three agencies of the Department of Homeland Security. Of the three agencies, provide a rationale for which agency you feel has the greatest responsibility as it relates to federal law enforcement.
Explain the purposes of the Uniform Crime Reports (UCR) and the National Crime Information Center (NCIC). Identify and discuss the various weaknesses related to the accuracy of the Uniform Crime Report (UCR).
Describe the major roles of police executives using the Mintzberg model of chief executive officers. Of the executive roles described in the model, provide a rationale for which role you feel is the most important for a chief executive officer’s success.
Examine two legislative enactments that are in place to help combat terrorism. Provide your opinion on the effectiveness of these enactments with regard to combatting terrorism.
Analyze the problems related to determining the actual numbers of hate crimes and what makes hate crimes different from other crimes.