Police Powers & Rights: The Legal Side of Law Enforcement

Under US constitutional law, police power refers to the capacity of the various American states to regulate behaviour and enforce order within their jurisdiction. The idea behind granting police these powers is aimed at improving the health, morals, safety, and the general welfare of the residents of those states.

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The legislative body in each territory defines police powers in order to determine the specific public purposes that need to be addressed by this legislation.

The Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution outlines that the powers, which have not been granted to the Federal Government, are reserved to either the people or the states.…

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