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Joint Task Forces

Joint Task Forces

Joint Task Forces

In line with Katherine M. Newbold

about Joint Task Forces in the Encyclopedia of Law Enforcement:

The fragmented nature of federal law enforcement has meant that different agencies have different areas of responsibility. Although various agencies may enforce different laws and concentrate on different crimes (there is more information about criminal law in the American Legal Encyclopedia and about crimes and criminals vocabulary), criminal acts have always crossed jurisdictional boundaries, whether defined by geography or statutory functions. Joint task forces emerged in the 1970s as a management tool to overcome the autonomy of law enforcement agencies. A task force is any group of officers who are employed by different agencies assigned to work together on a specific case or specific types of cases. In addition to personnel, agencies forming task forces may commit other resources, including investigative records, surveillance equipment, clerical support, and such common tools as vehicles, telephones, and office space for the task force to use.