Law enforcement agency

  • a law enforcement agency (lea), in north american english, is any government agency responsible for the enforcement of the laws.

    outside north america, such organizations are usually called police services. in north america, some of these services are called police, others are known as sheriff's offices/departments, while investigative police services in the united states are often called bureaus, for example the federal bureau of investigation.

    other terms defined in this article
    local police
    international law enforcement agency
    multinational law enforcement agency
    federal law enforcement agency
    federal police
    national law enforcement agency
    national police
    religious police
    police
    military police
    provost
    gendarmerie
    civilian police
    secret police
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  • establishment and constitution
  • powers and law exemptions
  • law enforcement agencies and society
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