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The police are a constituted body of persons empowered by a state, with the aim to enforce the law, to ensure the safety, health and possessions of citizens, and to prevent crime and civil disorder. Their lawful powers include arrest and the use of force legitimized by the state via the monopoly on violence. The term is most commonly associated with the police forces 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 the military and other organizations involved in the defense of the state against foreign aggressors; however, gendarmerie are military units charged with civil policing. Police forces are usually public sector services, funded through taxes.
Law enforcement is only part of policing activity. Policing has included an array of activities in different situations, but the predominant ones are concerned with the preservation of order. In some societies, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, these developed within the context of maintaining the class system and the protection of private property. Police forces have become ubiquitous in modern societies. Nevertheless, their role can be controversial, as they may be involved to varying degrees in corruption, brutality and the enforcement of authoritarian rule.
A police force may also be referred to as a police department, police service, constabulary, gendarmerie, crime prevention, protective services, law enforcement agency, civil guard, or civic guard. Members may be referred to as police officers, troopers, sheriffs, constables, rangers, peace officers or civic/civil guards. Ireland differs from other English-speaking countries by using the Irish language terms Garda (singular) and Gardaí (plural), for both the national police force and its members. The word police is the most universal and similar terms can be seen in many non-English speaking countries.Numerous slang terms exist for the police. Many slang terms for police officers are decades or centuries old with lost etymologies. One of the oldest, cop, has largely lost its slang connotations and become a common colloquial term used both by the public and police officers to refer to their profession.
I have a Star BM 9mm Commander 1911 Military/Police Surplus pistol with 2 mags for sale. This is a Spanish military/police surplus pistol about 3/4 the size of a standard 1911. The grips are custom rosewood for the model. The blueing is old school gorgeous. Many of the Star BMs...
Hello, up for sale/ trade is my 870 police magnum, has about 50 shell through it, factory wood, factory mag extension, Wilson combat scattergun sights, gg&g light mount; Side saddle not included. It’s a beautiful shotgun that has barely been used. However as a lefty I prefer the mossberg setup...
Custom FN Special Police. 1:8" Krieger Barrel, McMillan Stock, Athlon Scope. Gunsmithing by Michigan Gun Works. Very low round count, not even really broken in.
Price is $2500, or consider interesting trades. I like classic hunting rifles (such as African dangerous game guns on Mausers or...
This is a used Police Service Six .357 Magnum Revolver. The firearms is in great shape and comes with an Uncle Mike's Holster. A check on the serial number shows it was made in late 1982 or early 1983. I do not know how many rounds have been through it. The owner is not interested in...
Well, when the government has made it clear, the police don't matter, what'd they expect would happen?🙄
NEW, OLD STOCK - REMINGTON PETERS 38 SPECIAL POLICE MATCH 148 GRAIN WAD CUTTER INDEX 3847 - 1 BOX 50 RN
FOR SALE IN PORTLAND METRO ONLY. WILL NOT SHIP UNLESS YOU HAVE A LOCAL (PORTLAND) FFL THAT I CAN DROP IT OFF AT AND THEY WILL SHIP TO YOU.
"This is what happens when a Republican dares to hold an event in Portland to talk about funding our police."
No one is holding their breath waiting for Portland's Trust Fund Liberal Mayor...
A very nice 1944 Inland M1 carbine with Toledo police department markings for prior police use. 1944 dated original barrel. Bright shiny bore and it shoots very accurate. No issues at all. Will include one GI magazine. $1250 OBO shipped to FFL, or FTF transfer at Eugene/Springfield area with...
Remington 700 MEDIUM Action BDL stock SPS, THIS stock came off a Remington SPS Police varmint type rifle.
1. Aluminum Bedded
2. Fits Remington 700, 308 type actions
3. Polymer Stock-impact resistant
$50.00 will deliver for a fee.
it has been said that the factory trigger on the original 1973 Ruger Police Service Six 4" bbl was so heavy, they joked it was a single action revolver that could be fired in double action
mine measures at 10 lbs double action and 6 lbs single action
starting on a project to polish the trigger...
Great article by Greg Ellifritz, with a ton of relevant and interesting information on police shootings (bullet point format) from a two day Force Science Research Center course he took. If you're not familiar with him, Greg is a former police officer, nationally recognized trainer, and prolific...