Law enforcement organization

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

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

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

Law enforcement organizations other than law enforcement agencies may be:

  • associations of personnel of law enforcement agencies at certain levels within their organizations
  • 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 neighborhood watch groups

Private security

See also[edit]

Police oath : prevent human disorder