Have you ever watched crime dramas and wondered what agencies were handling the investigation?

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It seems like there's always a jumble of letters with no explanation of what the agency actually does.

United States Military

The military has 6 branches that protect the country's borders and interests.

  • Defends against land, sea, space, air, and water based threats

  • Headquarters in the US, with many bases stationed around the world

  • Collects data to support national defense missions

  • Does not investigate or make arrests

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Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

An intelligence agency that focuses on collecting, analyzing, evaluating data and information

  • Passes information on to the appropriate parties such as the FBI or military

  • Collects information from international sources regarding matters of national security

  • Does nothave the authority to makearrests

  • Collects information to aid agencies who make arrests

Federal Bureau Of Investigations (FBI)

A security and intelligence service that aims to protect the USA from domestic threats.

  • Has the authority to make arrests and press charges against individuals

  • Investigates crimes committed on the federal level

  • Sometimes works with local police to help solves crimes together

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Police

Law enforcement officers that protect and defend, usually at the local level.

  • Can only work within their specified county

  • Able to make arrests

  • Have jurisdictions (or borders) that they are allowed to work within

  • State troopers are allowed to work within an entire state's borders

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Quiz

Allen is a uniformed officer. He routinely patrols the counties of Ballard and Colleton. Is Allen a county police officer or a State Trooper?

FBI agent

State Trooper

Military police office

County police officer

A Quick Guide

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Quiz

Marianne works for the federal government. She helps collect data and information to investigate criminals who have committed federal offences. She does not make arrests. Who does Marianne work for?

FBI

CIA

Military

Police

Summary

The next time you're watching a crime movie or TV show - challenge yourself to identify which agencies you are seeing on screen.

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