Ch 3: Law Enforcement Systems in the U.S.

About This Chapter

Take a look at our brief, entertaining video lessons to learn about the development of law enforcement in the United States. Take short quizzes at the end of every lesson to measure your understanding of the topics covered by our subject-matter experts.

Law Enforcement Systems in the U.S. - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Law enforcement exists at many levels of our society. There are policing agencies in federal, state and local capacities, all with different responsibilities, covering alternate jurisdictions. The chapter lessons will teach you more about the history of policing in the U.S. Take a multiple-choice quiz for self-assessment and contact a knowledgeable instructor if you have any questions. These lessons contains information about:

  • Policing in democracies
  • How policing developed in America
  • What private law enforcement is
  • Specific agency information and duties

Video Objective
The History & Impact of Policing in America Learn about the historical development of policing in America.
Role of Police in Democratic Societies Explore how police operate within democratic societies.
Public Law Enforcement: Levels & Agencies Get an overview of the three major levels of public law enforcement.
Federal Law Enforcement: Agencies & Responsibilities Take a look at significant federal law enforcement agencies and their responsibilities.
State Law Enforcement: Agencies, Roles & Models Discover the role of state law enforcement agencies.
Local Law Enforcement: Types, Agencies & Roles Find out about the various responsibilities and kinds of local law enforcement agencies.
Private Law Enforcement: Types, Functions & Roles See the nature and extent of private protective services.
Special District Police Agencies: Types & Roles Learn about special district policing.

8 Lessons in Chapter 3: Law Enforcement Systems 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.

Special District Police Agencies: Types & Roles

8. Special District Police Agencies: Types & Roles

American policing requires officers with specialized skills, and that's where we find special district police agencies. Explore this concept, and test your understanding with a brief quiz.

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