Local police powers

This article reports that urban councils in Zimbabwe are urging the national government to grant arrest authority to municipal police, since the national police give little attention to violations of local ordinances. The role and authority of local police in countries that otherwise have a model of national or state policing is generally overlooked and deserves more careful study.

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One Response to Local police powers

  1. jspndy says:

    Coercive powers should be limited as much as possible, say, by requiring a judicial warrant for their exercise. Arrest is not simply a method of ensuring presence before a court, but a punishment in its own right, and is liable to be used as such, as it is in India.

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