Year of Graduation

2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MALS: Social Sciences

Directing Professor

Andrew Matzner

Abstract

As a local law enforcement officer in the twenty-first century, I have witnessed and experienced the profession evolve over the past nine years. Law enforcement, regardless of the level, is constantly scrutinized by the public and media on a daily basis. Since the 2016 United States presidential election, the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) has been portrayed in the media as being incompetent with one controversy after another. The objective of this research is to look into the original purpose of the creation of the FBI, the evolution of the FBI over the years, major successes and failures experienced, and to explore whether the FBI is still relevant within our government and if it is performing as it was originally designed to do so.

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