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Ch 11: Criminal Justice Agencies in the U.S. Lesson Plans

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The Criminal Justice Agencies in the U.S. chapter of this course is designed to help you plan and teach the functions of federal law enforcement agencies in your classroom. The video lessons, quizzes and transcripts can easily be adapted to provide your lesson plans with engaging and dynamic educational content. Make planning your course easier by using our syllabus as a guide.

Weekly Syllabus

Below is a sample breakdown of the Criminal Justice Agencies in the U.S. chapter into a 5-day school week. Based on the pace of your course, you may need to adapt the lesson plan to fit your needs.

Day Topics Key Terms and Concepts Covered
Monday The U.S. Attorney General and the ATF Duties of the U.S. Justice Department head; law enforcement activities relegated to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Tuesday The DEA and FBI Drug Enforcement Administration programs; law enforcement and intelligence roles of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Wednesday INTERPOL and the OJJDP Tools used by the International Criminal Police Organization; programs run by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to address delinquency and truancy
Thursday SMART and the U.S. Marshals Service Roles of the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking; history and jurisdiction of the U.S. Marshals
Friday NSD and the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division Functions of the National Security Division; sections and task forces within the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division

10 Lessons in Chapter 11: Criminal Justice Agencies in the U.S. Lesson Plans
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The U.S. Attorney General: History, Role & Purpose

1. The U.S. Attorney General: History, Role & Purpose

The United States attorney general is the chief law enforcement officer of the federal government and the head of the Department of Justice. This lesson discusses the history, role and purpose of the U.S. attorney general.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF): History, Role & Purpose

2. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF): History, Role & Purpose

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is known as the 'ATF.' The ATF is a law enforcement agency in charge of criminal organizations, acts of terrorism and many other areas. This lesson explains the roles and history of the ATF.

Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): History, Role & Purpose

3. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): History, Role & Purpose

The Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, is the leading law enforcement agency responsible for preventing the distribution of illegal narcotics in the United States. This lesson explains the roles and history of the DEA.

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): History, Role & Purpose

4. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): History, Role & Purpose

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, or FBI, is a national security organization. Unlike other organizations, the FBI has both intelligence and law enforcement responsibilities. This lesson explains the roles and history of the FBI.

INTERPOL Washington: History, Role & Purpose

5. INTERPOL Washington: History, Role & Purpose

INTERPOL is the International Criminal Police Organization. It links together law enforcement from all corners of the world and houses a bureau in Washington D.C. This lesson explains the roles and history of INTERPOL.

Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP): History, Role & Purpose

6. Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP): History, Role & Purpose

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, or OJJDP, is a justice program that focuses on preventing juvenile delinquency and victimization. This lesson explains the roles and history of OJJDP.

Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, & Tracking (SMART): History, Role & Purpose

7. Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, & Tracking (SMART): History, Role & Purpose

The Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking is also known as SMART. This lesson explains the history and purpose of SMART, including its connection to the AWA and SORNA.

U.S. Marshals Service: History, Role & Purpose

8. U.S. Marshals Service: History, Role & Purpose

The United States Marshals Service acts as the means of civil authority for all three branches of federal government. This lesson explains the roles and history of the U.S. Marshals Service.

National Security Division (NSD): History, Role & Purpose

9. National Security Division (NSD): History, Role & Purpose

The National Security Division, or NSD, is part of the U.S. Department of Justice. The NSD works to combat terrorism and other threats to national security. This lesson explains the roles and history of the NSD.

The U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division: History, Role & Purpose

10. The U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division: History, Role & Purpose

The United States Department of Justice Criminal Division develops and enforces all federal criminal laws, except those designated to another division. This lesson explains the roles and history of the Criminal Division.

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