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Individual Law Enforcement Today Paper Tony Sadler CJS/200 24 March 2013
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In 2008, our country was introduced to the largest fiscal crisis since the Great Depression many who worked in the field for decades have never seen an economic situation that has affected law enforcement like the one our country currently faces. As sheriff’s offices and city police across America are experiencing a downturn in local revenues, the effects on public safety budgets have been significant. American police are faced with a new economic reality, in which they are challenged to develop new and innovative ways to leverage resources and maximize productivity in the face of diminishing financial means. Police agencies have not escaped the effects of shrinking revenues. In fact, the economic challenges facing many Americans are amplified when it comes to public safety. The biggest issue facing police departments in today’s society is funding for departmental needs. In every corner of the United States, state, local, and tribal police departments are being forced to lay off officers and civilian staff, or modify their operations as a result of budget cuts. Over the last 2 years, many agencies have experienced considerable affects from budget constrictions, including mandatory furloughs and hiring freezes, which have resulted in significant reductions in staffing levels never experienced before. Indeed,
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