ERIC Number: ED109307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar-20
Reference Count: 0
Address by the Attorney General of the United States Before the 100th Graduating Class of the FBI National Academy.
Levi, Edward H.
As law enforcement officers, you, more than anyone else in the society, represent the power and quality of the State, because many citizens learn what kind of country this is by watching you. Your action and direction bridge the gap between the government and the individual and hence your role has a wide scope and your functions are not easily defined. Similarly, your actions, more so than those of any other groups in the country, build, or at times unfortunately destroy, a basic trust in our system of law and government. Stressing the wider aspect of the law enforcement profession, however, does not mean to ignore the pressing nature of your central duties to prevent crime by emphasizing the swiftness and certainty of punishment. It is important for the Department of Justice, with your assistance, to establish a tone of fairness in law enforcement, so that many Americans will no longer believe that the law is being enforced for the sake of the people who created it rather than for the sake of the social good. By your conduct and skill--and hopefully in part by virtue of what you have learned at the FBI academy--I am sure you will show the people of America that they may trust in the law and in you. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Speech given before the graduating class of The FBI National Academy (100th, Quantico, Virginia, March 20, 1975)