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  • The authority of any given government to enact legislation for the purpose of protecting communities and promoting the welfare and safety of its citizens. While police power may refer to the establish ment and development of police forces, it also entails the implementation of laws in various other areas, such as schooling, zoning, and sanitation. In the United States, laws are enacted on the basis of police power at the state level only. At the federal level, the enactment of laws occurs on the basis of powers granted through the Constitution. State governments pass on a substantial proportion of their police power to the various cities, counties, boroughs, and so on that make up the state.

    10.4135/9781412972024.n1902

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