Law enforcement organisation

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A law enforcement organisation (LEO) is an organisation of parties, either individuals or other organisations or both, associated with law enforcement, typically with some common interest.

Law enforcement organisation is broad term, and while it includes law enforcement agencies, when used typically, is meant to specifically include organisations other than law enforcement agencies.

A law enforcement agency has powers, while other law enforcement organisations do not.

Law enforcement organisations other than law enforcement agencies may be:

  • associations of personnel of law enforcement agencies at certain levels within their organisations
  • law enforcement agency employee unions
  • associations of law enforcement specialists, for example, forensic specialists, weapons and tactical specialists, evidence management and handling practitioners, specialist investigators such as fraud investigators or arson investigators
  • community groups such as neighbourhood watch groups

See also[edit]

Police oath : prevent human disorder