The United States is a constitutional republic founded on the premise that the government is entrusted with power that comes from the people to be used for the benefit of society; therefore, the government needs to be accountable to the people for how it uses power. An important role of the government is to provide for the safety and security of the public through the enforcement of law. The police are the agency of government that carries out this function. The police need the support and assistance of the public ...

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