Federal police agenciesFederal law enforcement agencies are part of the executive branch of the national government. The major federal law enforcement agencies are •The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI): This Department of Justice (DOJ) agency investigates over 200 categories of federal crimes. The FBI emphasizes protecting the nation from terrorism, organized crime (which includes narcotics trafficking), white-collar crimes, civil-rights crimes, and violent crimes (such as bank robbery and kidnapping). It assists other federal, state, and local agencies through its crime statistics, crime lab, fingerprint files, and training academy. As organized crime has become a bigger business, the FBI has gained additional authority (including wiretapping authority) to combat it. •The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF): This Treasury Department agency investigates the criminal use of explosives and firearms. ATF also pursues outlaw
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