Local Law Enforcement: Types, Agencies & Roles


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Who is in charge of the detection and prevention of crime within a specific municipality or county?

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1. Who is in charge of investigation and prevention of crime within a specific town or city?

2. Who is in charge of investigation and prevention of crime in a rural area that does not have their own police force?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Understanding the role of local law enforcement can be confusing. These resources will help assess your grasp of the different types of local law enforcement and jurisdiction.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use these assessment tools to assess your knowledge of:

  • Local law enforcement
  • Municipal police
  • County sheriff's department
  • The definition of jurisdiction
  • Who has jurisdiction in a cross-county crime

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - discuss the differences between the various types of local law enforcement, such as the municipal police and the county sheriff's department
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding local law enforcement and their duties
  • Knowledge application - use what you have learned throughout the lesson to answer questions about local law enforcement jurisdiction

Additional Learning

To learn more about local law enforcement, review the lesson on Types and Roles of Local Law Enforcement. This lesson has the following objectives:

  • Explore in detail the different types of local law enforcement and what they do
  • Discuss what occurs when a crime is committed in several different counties
  • Examine the boundaries of local law enforcement