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A police force is a constituted body of persons empowered by a state to enforce the law, to protect people and property, and to prevent crime and civil disorder. Their powers include the power of arrest and the legitimized use of force. The term is most commonly associated with police services of a sovereign 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 are military units charged with civil policing. The police force is usually a public sector service, funded through taxes.

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Are not all bad. Ofcourse there will be some but for the most part , they try to keep the peace

Contributed by Kristen Danvers

These guys are rakin' the dough here

Contributed by Rachel M. Weiner

Baltimore cop reveals the horrible things he saw on the job

This is one of the most enlightening interviews that I've read. The "Us vs. Them" police mindset truly needs to get resolved through empathy and understanding. I also found Michael Wood's idea of a solution through a "data and science-driven perspective" quite fascinating: ie. crime escalates when heat escalates, so poor people who can't afford AC "spill out into the streets". As a result, police automatically associate poverty and heat with crime. True, Wood is a former Baltimore cop, so he can't exactly face the threat of being fired for revealing all of this. True, he didn't reveal anything while he still had the job. Despite all of that, it still takes a lot of courage to go public about former coworkers. One step towards empathy.

Contributed by Lucy Zhang

Police: Can't live with them, can't live without them

First, the police were condemned and blamed for assaulting and/or killing others based on race in Ferguson and Baltimore. Now, murders have risen in Baltimore while many police are leaving likely in fear of the accusation and blame that they might incur from the public. There is no other time more crucial than now for police to stand with conviction in order to promote peace and prove that they are not unjust, racist killers. Humans will always seek someone else to blame, and sometimes that blame is warranted. Regardless, law enforcement exists for a reason. Without it, Baltimore will descend into chaos as it has already, which is far a worse price than the bruising of peoples' pride.

Contributed by Lucy Zhang

This was a pretty good website that shows an evolution of the uniform through the PD pictures every decade or so from 1950-2007.

Contributed by Anne Mena

Why Do We Call Police Officers Cops? It's Not What You Think....

The term Copper was the original, unshortened word, originally used in Britain to mean "someone who captures". (In British English the term Cop is recorded (Shorter Oxford Dictionary) in the sense of 'To Capture' from 1704, derived from the Latin 'Capere' via the Old French 'Caper'.[5]) The common myth is that it's a term referring to the police officer's buttons which are made of copper. The picture above is a portion of the 1920's New York police force. There are many more interesting names for cops, and terms applying to police men that are widely unknown. Check out the source below!

Contributed by Anne Mena

What do you do if you have a registered firearm and get pulled over?

Contributed by Dane Cavallaro

Some tips.

Contributed by Cole Riness

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