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The Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) represented the federal government’s contribution towards the “War on Crime.” Established as a division of the Federal Department of Justice, the organization administered funds to the various state and local enforcement agencies centered on educational, research, and planning initiatives. Through an act of the Omnibus Crime Control Act of 1968 the LEAA began its life of assisting local law agencies and finally ending its existence in 1982. The organization was the middle child of police organizations being proceeded by the Office of Law Enforcement Assistance and followed by the Office of Justice Assistance, Research, and Statistics.
LEAA went on to become the prevalent non-profit alliance for police professionals in the nation. A sample of its power to produce changes were evident when as a consequence of its enactment all Department of Police agencies which received government funding were required to eliminate the minimum height requirement policy for officers. This resulted in an increase of women being employed on the force.
Actions at one location can affect all law agencies regardless of where they are located. As an example, Delaware may not have any jurisdiction concerning the OJ Simpson trial or that of the Rodney King case, but the allegations relating within the trials or the ultimate results will affect policing actions everywhere including Delaware. These are not events which occur only in one location but could happen in any jurisdiction in America. Therefore distant events often create what is referred to as a legacy for law enforcement as a whole.
Arizona’s immigration bill has just that kind of a potential to become a legacy. Let me explain in detail. The results of actions elsewhere may initiate demonstrations in your home town in support of the original initiative. There is a chance that these demonstrations could lead to violence which forces the local enforcement agencies to interact.
As you can clearly see from the above example it would benefit all levels of law enforcement to utilize the empirical research data. By reviewing the information relating to the issues above data could have been previously collected and easily used to evaluate whether the actions proposed would affective various locations. The results could assess the effectiveness of the law enforcement agencies approach towards resolving the issues at hand.
Increased provisions for the funding necessary in support of the project should definitely be sustained. Times have changed and the lessons to be learned are not nearly the same as they were in the last couple of decades. Terrorist activities are continually on the rise and necessitate different actions then were employed prior to 9-11. The value and benefits achieved from our investment is well worth the cost. To terminate the funding on this issue would merely leave America more vulnerable at some future point in time.
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