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.



  1. Also called the police force. an organized civil force for maintaining order, preventing and detecting crime, and enforcing the laws.
  2. (used with a plural verb) members of such a force: Several police are patrolling the neighborhood.
  3. the regulation and control of a community, especially for the maintenance of public order, safety, health, morals, etc.
  4. the department of the government is concerned with this, especially with the maintenance of order. )[/tds_note]



Le terme « police » désigne de manière générale l’activité consistant à assurer la sécurité des personnes, des biens et maintenir l’ordre public en faisant appliquer la loi. Il faut entendre par le terme « loi », les règles et normes formelles d’un code établi dans un pays. Les forces de police (communément appelées « la police ») sont les agents (militaires ou civils) qui exercent cette fonction.[/tds_info]


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