Outline of law enforcement

The following outline is provided as an overview of and introduction to law enforcement:

Law enforcement – subsystem of society that promotes adherence to the law by discovering and punishing persons who violate rules and norms governing that society. Although the term may encompass entities such as courts and prisons, it most frequently applies to those who directly engage in patrols or surveillance to dissuade and discover criminal activity, and those who investigate crimes and apprehend offenders.[1]

Essence of law enforcementEdit


Basis of law enforcementEdit

The reasons law enforcement exists:

Law enforcement agenciesEdit

Law enforcement agency (list) – government agency responsible for enforcement of laws. Outside North America, such organizations are called police services. In North America, some of these services are called police while some have other names (e.g. sheriff's office/department; investigative police services in the United States are often called bureaus (e.g. FBI, USMS, ICE, CBP, ATF, DEA, USSS etc.).[2][3]

Law enforcement officersEdit

Law enforcement by regionEdit

History of law enforcementEdit

History of law enforcement

Law enforcement equipmentEdit

Law enforcement techniques and proceduresEdit

Criminal investigationEdit

Criminal Investigation – applied science involving the study of facts, used to identify, locate and prove the guilt of a criminal.[5] Modern-day criminal investigations commonly employ many scientific techniques known collectively as forensic science.

Components of a crimeEdit

Law enforcement trainingEdit

Law enforcement issuesEdit

Law enforcement organizationsEdit

Law enforcement leaders and scholarsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Kären M. Hess, Christine Hess Orthmann, Introduction to Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice (2008), p. 1.
  2. ^ "Types of police / law enforcement agencies - Discover Policing". discoverpolicing.org. Archived from the original on 2010-10-05.
  3. ^ "Law Enforcement and Corrections-Related Agencies | USA.gov". www.usa.gov. Archived from the original on 2012-01-28.
  4. ^ "The Early Days of American Law Enforcement". www.nleomf.org. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27.
  5. ^ Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation (Sixth Edition). Charles E. O'Hara and Gregory L. O'Hara; 1994; ISBN 0-398-05889-X

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