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Jurisdiction[ edit ] A police officer and a police car are traditional identifiers of a locally based law enforcement agency. LEAs which have their ability to apply their powers restricted in some way are said to operate within a jurisdiction.
Non executive powers jurisdictional coverage of Europol LEAs will have some form of geographic restriction on their ability to apply their powers. LEAs which operate across a collection of countries tend to assist in law enforcement activities, rather than directly enforcing laws, by facilitating the sharing of information necessary for law enforcement between LEAs within those countries, for example Europol has no executive powers.
Some countries determine the jurisdiction in these circumstances by means of policy and resource allocation between agencies, for example in Australiathe Australian Federal Police take on complex serious matters referred to it by an agency   and the agency will undertake its own investigations of less serious or complex matters by consensus, while other countries have laws which decide the jurisdiction, for example in the United States of America some matters are required by law to be referred to other agencies if they are of a certain level of seriousness or complexity, for example cross state boundary kidnapping in the United States is escalated to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
A LEA which has a wide range of powers but whose ability is restricted geographically, typically to an area which is only part of a country, is typically referred to as local police or territorial police.
Other LEAs have a jurisdiction defined by the type of laws they enforce or assist in enforcing. For example, Interpol does not work with political, military, religious, or racial matters.
Organization and structure[ edit ] Jurisdictionally, there can be an important difference between international LEAs and multinational LEAs, even though both are often referred to as "international", even in official documents.
An international law enforcement agency has jurisdiction and or operates in multiple countries and across State borders, for example Interpol.
A multinational law enforcement agency will typically operate in only one country, or one division of a country, but is made up of personnel from several countries, for example the European Union Police Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Within a country, the jurisdiction of law enforcement agencies can be organized and structured in a number of ways to provide law enforcement throughout the country. Within divisions of a country[ edit ] This section needs additional citations for verification.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. March See also: State police LEA jurisdiction for a division within a country can typically be at more than one level, for example at the division level, that is state, province, or territory level, and for example at the sub division level, that is county, shire, or municipality or metropolitan area level.
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In Australia for example, each state has its own LEAs. An operations area is often called a command  or an office. For example, the area of jurisdiction of English and Welsh law is covered by a number of LEAs called constabularies, each of which has legal jurisdiction over the whole area covered by English and Welsh law, but they do not normally operate out of their areas without formal liaison between them.
When multiple LEAs cover the one legal jurisdicition, each agency still typically organises itself into operations areas. Federal responsibilities[ edit ] When the country has a federal constitutiona whole-of-country LEA is referred to as a federal law enforcement agency.
The responsibilities of a federal LEA vary from country to country. A federal police agency is a federal LEA which also has the typical police responsibilities of social order and public safety as well as federal law enforcement responsibilities. However, a federal police agency will not usually exercise its powers at a divisional level.
Such exercising of powers is typically via specific arrangements between the federal and divisional governing bodies. A federated approach to the organisation of a country does not necessarily indicate the nature of the organisation of law enforcement agencies within the country.
Some countries, for example Austria and Belgiumhave a relatively unified approach to law enforcement, but still have operationally separate units for federal law enforcement and divisional policing.
The United States has a highly fractured approach to law enforcement agencies generally, and this is reflected in American federal law enforcement agencies. Relationship between federal and federated divisions[ edit ] In a federation, there will typically be separate LEAs with jurisdictions for each division within the federation.
A federal LEA will have primary responsibility for laws which affect the federation as whole, and which have been enacted by the governing body of the federation. For example, the Australian Federal Police is a federal agency and has the legal power to enforce the laws enacted by any Australian state, but will generally only enforce state law if there is a federal aspect to investigate.
However, in some countries federal agencies have jurisdiction in divisions of the federation. This typically happens when the division does not have its own independent status and is dependent on the federation.Here are the top 5 trends in law enforcement.
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Outside North America, such organizations are usually called police services.