The state of Arizona depends on numerous law enforcement agencies to protect the citizens. The agencies include local, county, state, and federal agencies. Each agency serves its purpose while intersecting with the others to ensure safety for the community.
The Phoenix Police Department is a local law enforcement agency in Phoenix, Arizona.
“The Phoenix Police Department, founded in 1881, has grown to nearly 3,000 sworn officers and is committed to providing world class police services to nearly 1.5 million people” (“The Blue Line”, 2007-2009, para. 4). Besides patrol officers, the agency also employs canine trainers, drug enforcement agents, detectives, a SWAT team, and a bomb squad. “The mission of the Phoenix Police Department is to provide community-oriented law enforcement designed to protect life and property, and maintain order, while assuring fair and equal treatment for all” (City of Phoenix, n.d., Phoenix Police Mission Statement).
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office is a county agency that serves Maricopa County in Arizona. The agency works closely with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The Sheriff’s Office has special enforcement divisions that include a SWAT team, a canine unit, an aviation team, lake patrol, and mountain patrol. The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (2013) website states that their mission statement is “The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with our citizens and contract cities, will enforce state laws, deter criminal activity, protect life and property, maintain order, and operate a safe, constitutional jail system” (para. 3).
Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Office is a state law enforcement agency. The criminal investigations division includes gang enforcement, narcotics investigations, and a counter-terrorism center. The agency also includes the state highway patrol. The mission of the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Office is “To protect human life and...