What is police?

  • (verb): Maintain the security of by carrying out a control.
    Synonyms: patrol
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Police

The police are a constituted body of persons empowered by the state to enforce the law, protect property, and limit civil disorder. Their powers include the legitimized use of force. The term is most commonly associated with police services of a state that are authorized to exercise the police power of that state within a defined legal or territorial area of responsibility. Police forces are often defined as being separate from military or other organizations involved in the defense of the state against foreign aggressors; however, gendarmerie and military police are military units charged with civil policing.

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Muckleshoot People - Police
... The Muckleshoot Indian Tribe contracts with the King County Sheriff's Office for police services ... Deputies assigned to the Muckleshoot reservation include six patrol officers, one school resource officer, and one chief assigned full-time to the reservation ...
Politics Of The Solomon Islands - Military
... by Solomon Islands, although the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIP) of nearly 500 includes a border protection element ... The police also have responsibility for fire service, disaster relief, and maritime surveillance ... The police force is headed by a commissioner, appointed by the Governor General and responsible to the prime minister ...
Police - International Forces
... system of government, there may be several police or policelike organizations, each serving different levels of government and enforcing different subsets of the applicable law ... Other countries have multiple police forces, but for the most part their jurisdictions do not overlap ... Other countries where jurisdiction of multiple police agencies overlap, include Guardia Civil and the PolicĂ­a Nacional in Spain, the Polizia di Stato and ...
Luton - Governance - Police and Crime Commissioner
... Luton is served by Bedfordshire Police ... The Police Commissioner is Olly Martins who lives in the High Town area of the town ...
Politics Of Uzbekistan - Crackdown On Islamic Fundamentalism
... The police force and the SNB use torture as a routine investigation technique ... Four police officers and three SNB officers have been convicted ... However in May 2005, hundreds were killed by police in a massacre of protesters in the city of Andijan ...

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    A sure proportion of rogue and dunce finds its way into every school and requires a cruel share of time, and the gentle teacher, who wished to be a Providence to youth, is grown a martinet, sore with suspicions; knows as much vice as the judge of a police court, and his love of learning is lost in the routine of grammars and books of elements.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)

    He took control of me for forty-five minutes. This time I’ll have control over him for the rest of his life. If he gets out fifteen years from now, I’ll know. I’ll check on him every three months through police computers. If he makes one mistake he’s going down again. I’ll make sure. I’m his worst enemy now.
    Elizabeth Wilson, U.S. crime victim. As quoted in People magazine, p. 88 (May 31, 1993)

    There was never a man born so wise or good, but one or more companions came into the world with him, who delight in his faculty, and report it. I cannot see without awe, that no man thinks alone and no man acts alone, but the divine assessors who came up with him into life,—now under one disguise, now under another,—like a police in citizen’s clothes, walk with him, step for step, through all kingdoms of time.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)