you're reading...
Institutional and Legal Affairs, International Relations, PUBLICATIONS

US law enforcement in the fight against organised crime

Police Car On Street

© emevil / Fotolia

The United States has a long history of dealing with organised crime. Specific federal laws have been adopted and a number of government agencies set up to tackle various aspects of such criminal activities.

Federal law enforcement agencies have played an important role in dealing with organised crime and drug-trafficking organisations, with drugs addressed separately to some extent. The Department of Justice and its two component agencies (the FBI and the DEA) are the main bodies involved, although they often coordinate their efforts with those of other agencies. Sizeable numbers of staff of the Departments of Homeland Security, the Treasury and State are also responsible for tracking criminal activities within their respective areas of activity.

Given the scale and impact of international organised crime, agencies with specific jurisdictions and those operating at various levels (federal, state and local) have had to join forces to address it. Numerous task forces, working groups and intelligence centres have thus been set up. The International Organized Crime Intelligence and OperationsCenter and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Programme are among major coordinating structures of this kind.

Read the complete briefing here

U.S. Department of Justice



U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement



  1. Pingback: Transatlantic Week: Library focus on EU-US relations | Library of the European Parliament - June 17, 2013

Leave a Reply

Download the EPRS App

EPRS App on Google Play
EPRS App on App Store
What Europe Does For You
EU Legislation in Progress
Topical Digests
EPRS Podcasts

Follow Blog via Email

Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 3,544 other subscribers

Disclaimer and Copyright statement

The content of all documents (and articles) contained in this blog is the sole responsibility of the author and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily represent the official position of the European Parliament. It is addressed to the Members and staff of the EP for their parliamentary work. Reproduction and translation for non-commercial purposes are authorised, provided the source is acknowledged and the European Parliament is given prior notice and sent a copy.

For a comprehensive description of our cookie and data protection policies, please visit Terms and Conditions page.

Copyright © European Union, 2014-2019. All rights reserved.

%d bloggers like this: