Ch 12: Law Enforcement in the U.S.

About This Chapter

Watch video lessons and learn about the history and types of law enforcement in the United States. The quizzes that follow each of the lessons can help you gauge your comprehension of the materials.

About This Chapter

Our nation's law enforcement system is part of the overall criminal justice system, along with the U.S. courts and the correctional system. These agencies are responsible for investigating criminal activities and administering punishment to those who are found guilty. The video lessons in this Law Enforcement in the U.S. chapter explore the roles of various police agencies. After watching the video lessons, you'll know more about:

  • The levels of public and private law enforcement in the United States
  • The methods by which crimes are prevented
  • The Prohibition era and the ways it affected our law enforcement systems

Video Objective
The History and Impact of Policing in America Discover how the country's law enforcement systems were formed.
Role of Police in Democratic Societies Discuss the primary duties of law enforcement officers.
Public Law Enforcement: Levels and Agencies Learn about the three main levels of public policing.
Federal Law Enforcement: Agencies and Responsibilities Explain the main duties of those who work in federal law enforcement agencies.
State Law Enforcement: Agencies, Roles and Models Discover how state police agencies enforce laws.
Local Law Enforcement: Types, Agencies and Roles Learn about local law enforcement agencies and the ways in which they protect citizens.
Private Law Enforcement: Types, Functions and Roles Explain the functions and future of private law enforcement agencies in the United States.

7 Lessons in Chapter 12: Law Enforcement in the U.S.
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
The History & Impact of Policing in America

1. The History & Impact of Policing in America

Law enforcement officers work hard every day to keep us safe and keep order in America. But it wasn't always that way. Watch this lesson to find out more about the history of policing in America, including the beginnings and the impact of Prohibition.

Role of Police in Democratic Societies

2. Role of Police in Democratic Societies

The police work to keep everyone safe and keep order in society through law enforcement agencies that work to prevent crime and apprehend offenders. In this lesson, we'll look at the four major responsibilities of the police and problem-oriented policing.

Public Law Enforcement: Levels & Agencies

3. Public Law Enforcement: Levels & Agencies

Police, rangers, FBI...There are so many different types and levels of law enforcement that it can get confusing. Never fear! In this lesson, we'll break down the three different levels of law enforcement and their responsibilities.

Federal Law Enforcement: Agencies & Responsibilities

4. Federal Law Enforcement: Agencies & Responsibilities

There are so many different law enforcement agencies that it can be difficult to know who to turn to in a time of need. In this lesson, we'll examine some of the federal law enforcement agencies and their respective responsibilities.

State Law Enforcement: Agencies, Roles & Models

5. State Law Enforcement: Agencies, Roles & Models

State law enforcement agencies work hard to prevent and investigate crimes within each state. But what exactly does that mean? And what types of law enforcement agencies are there? Watch this lesson to find out more.

Local Law Enforcement: Types, Agencies & Roles

6. Local Law Enforcement: Types, Agencies & Roles

How do we make sure that people do not commit crimes? In this lesson, we'll examine local law enforcement, including their responsibilities, the main types of local law enforcement agencies, and their relationship with the state police.

Private Law Enforcement: Types, Functions & Roles

7. Private Law Enforcement: Types, Functions & Roles

Have you ever been to a mall where there was a security guard? That person is part of the world of private law enforcement. Watch this lesson to find out about the history, future, and pros and cons of private law enforcement.

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