I put the the word police in parantheses because “police ” is leaning towards the latter part of the definition as the gap in society widens and classes start to polarize due to wealth and corruption. What a sorry country we are becoming. Youtube videos censored, protesters beaten without cause. As you read the definition, take special note of the final paragragh. OCCUPY THE FARM—–OCCUPY EVERYTHING——-ƒƒƒ—–
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 are military units charged with civil policing.
Law enforcement, however, constitutes 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. Some parts of the world may suffer from police corruption.