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

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Watch video lessons on U.S. criminal justice agencies and learn about the ATF, DEA, FBI and more. Use the quick quizzes that follow these lessons to test your knowledge of the material.

Criminal Justice Agencies in the U.S. - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

A broad array of criminal justice agencies are found in the U.S., including agencies specifically designed to serve juveniles and others that focus on tobacco and alcohol, sex offenders, drug enforcement and national security. This chapter provides an overview of the different agencies, including a look at their history and purpose. Engaging and comprehensive lessons teach you all the critical concepts you'll need to know about U.S. criminal justice agencies and are taught by experienced and professional instructors. When you've watched all the lessons in this chapter, you'll have knowledge of:

  • The role of the U.S. Attorney General
  • The purpose served by the Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • INTERPOL Washington's history
  • The U.S. Marshals origins and role
  • The U.S. Department of Justice history and purpose

Video Objectives
The U.S. Attorney General: History, Role & Purpose Examine the purpose of this position and the duties that the U.S. Attorney General is required to perform.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives (ATF): History, Role & Purpose Uncover the origins of this agency and discuss its responsibilities and purpose.
Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA): History, Role & Purpose Determine how this agency originated and describe its role.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): History, Role & Purpose Assess the responsibilities held by this agency and learn more about its history.
INTERPOL Washington: History, Role & Purpose Understand the role of INTERPOL Washington in the U.S. and globally. Find out how it originated.
Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP): History, Role & Purpose Find out how this agency works and what population it serves. Discuss its history.
Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, & Tracking (SMART): History, Role & Purpose Learn more about this agency and its purpose.
U.S. Marshals Service: History, Role & Purpose Discover the role of this agency and how it's managed. Understand the reason that it exists and how it originated.
National Security Division (NSD): History, Role & Purpose Discuss this newer agency's role in protecting the nation from terrorism and other safety concerns.
The U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division: History, Role & Purpose Learn about who leads this agency and what purpose it serves. Outline its history.

10 Lessons in Chapter 11: Criminal Justice Agencies in the U.S.
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
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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