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There are problems in recruiting . . training . . administrative expertise . . purchasing . . having and maintaining the right facilities and equipment for use when you need them . . sophisticated communication control . . important backup services such as evidence technicians, scientific labs and special investigators and so on. State Police Are answers to be found in strong State police forces? " Much help and support can come from modern, p r o fessional State police forces, but it would be wrong if local departments were done away with and we had only state police forces in the 50 states.

Some smaller municipal agencies are dispatched by a civilian employed by the agency during the day-time hours. (This person may also keep police records and do other secretarial work. ) In the evening hours, these agencies are dispatched by a county sheriff or a neighboring city police department. Some alternation occurs in the delivery of pre-trial detention where two agencies specialize: one holds male prisoners, while the other holds female prisoners. However, this type of alternation is not extensive.

Fresh pursuit legislation is not always uniformly applicable to these peace officers. Pursuit authority may also be limited by the type of offense. Of the 39 states having specific legislation on intrastate fresh pursuit, 22 authorize all county and municipal peace officers to engage in fresh pursuit throughout their state for any offense. An additional eight states authorize statewide pursuit under at least some circumstances. That 30 states authorize some form of statewide fresh pursuit contradicts any blanket assertion that police officers are unable to pursue beyond their own jurisdictions.

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