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The Major Functions of the Four (4) Agencies of the US Department of Justice

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has venerable law enforcement agencies including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), US Marshals, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Office of Justice Programs, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services, and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) (AllGov, 2016). These agencies have various functions as described hereunder.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

The FBI is the highest law enforcement agency for the federal government and concerned mainly with domestic intelligence and security. Its core functions includes investing organized criminal activities, foiling and combating terrorism, preventing the state against espionage, cyber-attacks and even combating corruption. It is also mandated with providing leadership and criminal justice services to federal, state, municipal, and international agencies and partners (AllGov, 2016).
US Marshals Services
This agency of DOJ is tasked with enforcing federal laws and supporting nearly all the entire federal justice system through providing security to federal courts, ensuring judges and other court personal are safe, ensuring that all criminals are apprehended, and operating the witness security program (AllGov, 2016). In addition, the US Marshals is tasked with transporting federal prisoners, seizing all illegally acquired property and assets and ensuring that such forfeited property or assets are disposed of well (AllGov, 2016).

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF)
The core functions of ATF, given its mission, is to prevent acts of terror, minimize violent crimes that emanate from unlawful use of firearms, and preventing manufacture and trafficking of alcoholic and tobacco products. The agency also investigates illegal manufacture and possession of firearms, explosives, arsons and bombings (AllGov, 2016).
The Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF)
The functions of this agency is to curb the supply of illicit drugs across the country as well as minimize occurrences of violent criminal activities that are as a result of illegal drug trade (Schmalleger et al., 2014). This agency works with Drugs Enforcement Administration (DEA, the FBI and other relevant agencies to investigate, identify, and dismantle drug trafficking organizations in the country (AllGov, 2016). This they achieve through disrupting their drug supply networks and findings (AllGov, 2016).
Agency with the Greatest Responsibility
Given the above, all agencies play a crucial role in so far as law enforcement in the country is concerned. However, the FBI stands out the law enforcement agency with the greatest responsibility because of the nature of its role in safeguarding citizens and crime prevention. The FBI thus has the greatest responsibility being the top law enforcement agency and given that its role prevent the country against terrorism, a major issue most citizens, as well as intelligence threats. In addition, botched operations from this agency can have far reaching implications such as the September 11 attacks. It thus has to partner with other international agencies and partners in upholding its mandate, a huge responsibility indeed.