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Old December 28, 2012, 10:27 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by dahermit
Whether or not real police do that, I do not know,
Some do, some don't. I don't differentiate, except between sworn and non-sworn, and I do that even within my agency. It's one of my pet peeves and I do that purely to let my sworn brethren know that we're not any better, different, or worse than the people we serve.

All police, except military police, are civilians, that is, we're subject to civil law. Military police are, of course, subject to the UCMJ.

That goes back to Robert Peel's principals of police work, which says, in part:
Police, at all times, should maintain a relationship with the public that gives reality to the historic tradition that the police are the public and the public are the police; the police being only members of the public who are paid to give full-time attention to duties which are incumbent upon every citizen in the interests of community welfare and existence.
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