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law enforcement agency

n. an agency responsible for insuring obedience to the laws

Law enforcement agency

A law enforcement agency (LEA), in North American English, is a government agency responsible for the enforcement of the laws.

Outside North America, such organizations are usually called police services. In North America, some of these services are called police, others are known as sheriff's offices/departments, while investigative police services in the United States are often called bureaus, for example the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Other terms defined in this article

local police

international law enforcement agency

multinational law enforcement agency

federal law enforcement agency

federal police

national law enforcement agency

national police

religious police


military police



civilian police

secret police

Usage examples of "law enforcement agency".

If you and/or your office does not contact me as I so request herein, I will never again contact any law enforcement agency, federal or state, regarding those matters set out in the letter of immunity.

It is therefore useful to go into the case narrative in some detail, just as we would if we were receiving it from a local law enforcement agency seeking our assistance.

No trace of him had been found, not by Charles's men, a fishing trawler, a pleasure boater, or any law enforcement agency.

Every law enforcement agency in the world would love to have him in its custody.

You might wonder why no other law enforcement agency in the country has tried this clever scheme.

Do you want Dan Murray in charge of America's most powerful law enforcement agency?

This would smear the name of the Marshals Service, the oldest federal law enforcement agency in the country, and one she’.

He'll report us at once to some kind of outback nazi law enforcement agency, and they'll run us down like dogs.

Since old Mansfield Zolar pulled off his first heist, no one in the family has ever been touched by you, by me, by any other law enforcement agency in the world.