Tuesday, March 6, 2007

United States Department of Homeland Security

The United States Department of Homeland Security is also known as the DHS. They are commonly known as Homeland Security. Homeland Security is a Cabinet department of the Federal Government of the United States with the responsibility of protecting the terrority of the United States from terrorist attacks and responding to natural disasters. Its goal is to prepare for, prevent, and respond to domestic emergencies, particulary terrorism.
DHS is the third largest cabinet department in the U.S. federal government after the Department of Denfense and Department of Veterans Affairs. Homeland security policy is coordinated at the White House by the Homeland Security Council. Homeland Security was established on September 20,2001 in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks. President George W. Bush established Homeland Security to coordinate "homeland security" efforts.


Drug Enforcement Administration

The Drug Enforcement Administration which is also known for the DEA is a United States Department of Justice law enforcement agency. They are the federal police service which specializes with enforcing the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The DEA also has the responsibility for coordinating and pursuing U.S. drug investigations abroaad.
In 2005, the DEA seized a reported $1.4 billion in drug trade related assets and $477 million worth of drugs. According to the White House's Office of Drug Control Policy, the total value of all of the drugs sold in the US is as much as $64 billion a year. The DEA is headed by an Adminstrator of Drug Enforcement appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the US Senate. The DEA is headed by an Administrator of Drug Enforcement appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the US Senate. The adminstrator is assisted by a Deputy Administrator, the Chief of Operations, the Chief Inspector, Assistant Administrations for the Operations Support Division, Intelligence Division and Human Resources Division.



The SWAT is the Special Weapons and Tactics. They were first the Special Weapons Assault Team. The SWAT is a specialized unit in many police departments, which is trained to perform dangerous operations. These can include serving high-risk arrest warrants, performing hostage rescue and/or armend intervention, preventing terrorist attacks, and engaging heaviliy armed criminals. The SWAT team are equipped with specialiezed firearms including submachine guns, shotguns, carbines, tear gas, stun grenades and high powered rifles for marksmen. They often have specialized equipement including heavy body armor, entry tools, armored vehicles and night vision optics.

The SWAT was generally made to the Los Angeles Police Department. The SWAT duties include: non-violent apprehension of desperate barricaded suspects, protecting emergency personnel against snipers, providing high ground and perimeter security against snipers for visiting dignitaries, providing controlled assault firepower in certain non riot situations, rescuing officers and citizens captured or endangered by gunfire and neutralizing guerilla or terrorist operations.

Central Intelligence Agency

The CIA stands for the Central Intelligence Agency. The CIA is an intelligence agency of the United States government. Its main use is to gather and analyze information about foreign governments, corporations, and persons and reporting such information to the branches of the Government. Its second function is propaganda or public relations. The third function of the CIA is as the hidden hand of the U.S. government by engaging in covert operations at the direction of the president. The last function has caused most controversy for the CIA. It has been raising questions about the legality, morality, effectiveness, and intelligence of such operations.

The CIA headquarters are in the community of Langley in the McLean CDP of Fairfax County, Virginia. The CIA is part of the American Intelligence Community, which is led by the Director of National Intelligence. The CIA was created with the National Security Act of 1947 signed by President Harry S Truman. The symbol of the CIA consists of three representative parts: the left facing bald eagle head at the top, the shield and the compass star. The eagle is the national bird which stands for strength and alertness. The 16 point compass star represents the CIA's world-wide search for intelligence outside the United States. The compass rests upon a shiled, which symbolizes defence and intelligence.


The Interpol is the Internatinal Criminal Police Organization. It was established as The International Criminal Police Commission in 1923 to help internation criminal police cooperation. The Interpol is different with the International Police. The Internation police actually takes on an active uniformed role in policing war torn countries. The Interpol is the world's fourth largest international organization. They have 186 member countries financed by annual contributions. The organization headquartered in Lyon, France.
The Interpol mainly focuses on crimes which include terrorism, organized crime, war crimes, illicit drug production, drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, trafficking in human beings, money laundering, child pornography, whitecollar crime, computer crime, and corruption. The Interpol was founded in Austria in 1923 as the International Criminal Police Commission.

Federal Bureau of Investigation

The FBI stands for Federal Bureau of Investigation. This bureau is a federal criminal investigative, intelligence agency. They are the main investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice. The motto of the bureau is "Fidelity, Bravery, Intergrity." The FBI mostly focuses on counterterroism, counterintelligence, cyber crime, information technology, security, forensics, training, and criminal programs.
The FBI, started in 1908 as the Bureau of Investigation but did not recieve its current name until 1935 during the leadership of J. Edgar Hoover. The FBI headquarters which is located in Washington, D.C. is at the J. Edgar Hoover Building, which is named after the leader J. Edgar Hoover. The FBI also has 56 field offices in major cities across the United States. The FBI also maintains over 400 resident agencies across the United States.


Monday, March 5, 2007

New York City Police Department

The New York City Police Department which is also known as N.Y.P.D., is the largest police department in the United States. It is also the largest municipal police force in the world. The primary responsibility for law enforcement and investigation withing the five boroughs of New York City. The N.Y.P.D.was created in 1845. It was modeled after London's Metropolitan Police. The N.Y.P.D.is considered to be the first "modern" style police department in the U.S. According to N.Y.P.D., its mission is to "enforce the laws, preserve the peace, reduce fear, and provide for a safe environment." This involves preventing and responding to crimes.

N.Y.P.D.members are frequently referred to as New York's Finest. The headquarters is located at One Police Plaza. This is located on Park Row across the street from City Hall. The size of the police force has fluctuated. This was dependant on crime rates, politics and available funding. Research has shown that the number of sworn officers is decreasing. In June 2004, there were about 40,000 sworn officers and in June 2005, that number dropped to 35,000. Today's N.Y.P.D. authorized uniformed strength is 37,038.


Sunday, March 4, 2007

How to Become a NYPD Auxillary Officer?

The NYPD has an unpaid force which is known as the Auxiliary Police program. It is composed of citizens who volunteer time to help their neighborhoods by providing a uniformed presence. A lot of people have joined the volunteer Auxiliary Police Program out of a sense of community and public service. Others join the program to see if they would be interested in a career in law enforcement. If you are interested to thinking of joining the Auxiliary Police Program, there first is qualifications and requirements you must have before joining this program. These requirements and qualifications for enrollment and membership are
1) You should be between the ages of 17-60
2) If you are over the age of 60, you may apply for limited duties
3) You must live or work in New York City
4) You must be in good health
5) You must be able to read and write English
6) Never have been convicted of a felony or have been arrested for a serious crime that would prevent acceptance
7) Be a U.S. Citizen or a person who has a valid visa or alien registration card
8) Be of good character


Thursday, March 1, 2007

Call 911 in emergencies only

We dial 911 for emergencies only. Use this number if you need immediate assistance from law enforcement, the fire department or emergency medical services. This number also include services for in case of fire, traffic accidents with injuries, choking, crimes in progress and medical emergencies. When calling 911, try to remain as calm as possible. You should speak with clarity and give the dispatcher as much information as possible. The more information you give, the more help they may provide for you.

When 911 is dialed, the Department of Public Safety knows the exact origin of a campus emergency as soon as the call is received. All university phone lines are part of the 911 system. This allows Public Safety personnel to respond immediately and appropriately to each individuals needs. Do not forget that 911 is an emergency line. All non-emergency calls should be directed to 311. When the emergency lines are held up with routine calls, it can delay needed medical or police assistance.

In a case that 911 is called accidentally, do not hang up. Let the dispatcher know that it was a mis-dialed. If the called hangs up, the dispatcher must call back to verify that there is not an actual emergency. If verification cannot be obtained, an officer will be sent to the location. This holds up up an officer whose services may be needed somewhere else.


NYPD Officers To Receive Donated Gun Locks

Police officers have received donated safety locks for their guns. The main reason for this is to avoid accidents at home. Project ChildSafe announced on Tuesday that it has donated 33,000 cable locks. This cable lock prevents a handgun from being fired. The donation started after a gun accident killed an officer's 14-year old son last month on long island. The Patrolmen's Benevolent Association will distribute the locks to its members in precincts around New York City. The gun lock kits also include a booklet on safe firearm storage. A $50 million grant from the Department of Justice funded Project ChildSafe, an organization that raises awareness about firearms safety.

This new safety lock is for police officers only. If you own a gun yourself, i would advise you to either purchase one yourself or handle your gun with care. This safety lock is proven to save lives and prevent less accidents that have occurred. This safety lock may be the future of gun safety thanks to Project ChildSafe.

Man Shot Grabbing Cop's Gun

An off-duty police lieutenant shot a bandit in Queens, January 28, 2007. The thug struggled with the police officer trying to take the police officer's gun. The officer has been in the police force for sixteen years. The cop works in the 110th Precinct in Elmhurst.

He was driving through Jackson Heights with his girlfriend at around 5:30 A.M. When he spotted a man crying for help while he was getting beat up by two men on 90th Street near 35th Avenue. After he heard the man crying for help, he jumped out of is car and identified himself and the attackers ran away. The cop caught one of the attackers on 37th Avenue but let go because the second thug came at him with a beer bottle and tried to grab his gun. After struggling with the gun, the gun fired and the bullet struck the suspect in the torso.

The wounded man limped only a few feet then soon collapsed. He was then taken to Elmhurst Hospital. The wounded man was said to be in a stable condition waiting for criminal charges. The wounded suspect was a 17-year old male. The other suspect was 24, who was later caught and was questioned the same night.

Luckily the cop was couragous and took on two thugs. The cop ended up fine and that was a big risk for which cops have to take everyday. It was also brave and gutsy for the thug to try and take the police's gun. That of course was a big mistake and should have never done it. Now he ends up in a hospital bed and maybe going to be in jail for a longer time trying to resist arrest, flewing from a police officer and trying to take an officer's gun. It is very good that the cop wasn't hurt and there can be justice in this world.


Monday, February 26, 2007

Police who, Police what?

Police are agents or agencies given power to use force and other types of obligations and legal ways to protect your community and social order. The word police comes from the Latin word politia which means civil administration. Other names for police force are constabulary, gendarmerie, police department, police service, or law enforcement agency. Members of any agency may be considered a police officer, constable, trooper, sheriff, ranger or peace officer.

Police are just typical law enforcers. In order for them to carry out these duties, some police officers may carry firearms, most of the time handguns. Police officers often carry handcuffs to restrain suspects. Police forces these days use radio communications equipment, mainly carried by both the person and are installed in the vehicles which the police may use. The radio are to co-ordinate their work, share information, and to get help quickly. Other common police equipment include flashlights, whistles, and, most importantly, notebooks and ticket books.