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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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 ...
Police - International Forces
... federal 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 Carabinieri in ...
Politics Of The Solomon Islands - Military
... No military forces are maintained 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 ...
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 ...

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