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What are the issues facing law enforcement today? How do these issues coincide with those of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)? How can we improve the relationship between local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and DHS?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Legal-Guru replied 5 years ago.
(1) (a) A lack of communication between federal, state, and local law enforcement particularly regarding terroristic threats; (b) an impression by the public of an invasion of privacy by law enforcement; (c) a political and public focus away from the enforcement of drug crimes.

(2) (a) DHS must improve communication between law enforcement agencies in order to accomplish its mission because many threats and suspicious activity will be observed first, and possibly only, by cops on the street. (b) DHS must remain vigilant that its surveillance authority is cautiously used to prevent or detect terrorism and violent crimes. (c) DHS should keep its focus on crimes, drug or otherwise, that directly impact the sovereignty or security of the United States or its citizens.

(3) DHS can improve its communication with local, state, and federal law enforcement through use of a dedicated law enforcement telephone hot line, email address, and website along with education programs for officers on how and when to inform DHS of suspicious activity.

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