Law Enforcement Agency Law and Legal Definition

A law enforcement agency is a government agency that is responsible for the enforcement of the laws. For instance, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Law enforcement agencies have powers, which other government subjects do not, to enable the law enforcement agency to undertake its responsibilities. These powers exercised by law enforcement agencies include:

a. exemptions from laws;

b. intrusive powers, for search, seizure, and interception;

c. legal deception;

d. use of force and constraint of liberty;

e. jurisdictional override; and

f. direction.