Questions tagged [law-enforcement]

For questions about ways to carry out legislation and regulations, as well as punish or rehabilitate those who do not obey by the rules.

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Gyrojet pistol vs forensics? [closed]

How would ballistic evidence be gathered against against a gryojet pistol in which there would not be the clear marks left on the bullet due to the barrel? I'm thinking of this in a science fiction ...
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Is excavating alien technology legal? [closed]

I know that there are diffrent laws regarding excavating resources on other planets and asteroids,but they are far from being precise. Many conflicts arise when nations want to make one law that ...
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How could telepathic interrogations be legally justified?

The idea is the FBI using telepaths to interrogate suspects. The story would follow one such telepathic interrogator. In police training I was always told to think like the defense, so I thought up a ...
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Am I culpable for negligence if my spell allowed visitors to meet their own demise? [closed]

Imagine there is a big Island the size of New York city populated with dragons of all shapes and sizes, I put up a spell around the island to prevent the dragon's escape but visitors can pass through ...
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How could a tobacco/nicotine prohibition be efficient?

In The Dictatress and the Navigator (a live-action feature film I am writing, I want to direct myself, and I would like to play some characters within it) (I want to play both the Dictatress and the ...
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In a society based around moral relativism, how would the courts or government in general work? [closed]

In one of my worldbuilds, there is a very popular and atheistic philosophy that is based around absolute moral relativism and total opposition to religion. But, I'm struggling to come up with ways a ...
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Everyday life in a country/society where intentional homicide is not a crime [closed]

In this hypothetical society, intentional Homicide (murder) is not a crime but society can develop normally and people carry out normal lives. I believe this could be possible because I read that ...
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Building a better brainwash-sweeping system

I have a story involving a town in the late 90s where vampires, among other mythical humanoids, openly live amongst humans. These vampires are the friendly, pro-human sort, and thus they have a lot of ...
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Does a space government make sense?

Mothership to space vehicle EU W2775LV be like "pay taxes!" Space vehicle EU W2775LV be like "no!" And flies away in the distance. On earth we are kind of stuck living with one ...
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Give proof or pay [closed]

In this kingdom the king really loves freedom of speech, thus he decided that dissonesty is a capital crime and sin. When saying something, everyone involved must be cited by name and with date and ...
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How to enforce magic healing only with consent?

In fantasy worlds, healers can just speak some magic words and people even at a distance are healed without their consent, and necromancers can just bring the dead back to life. If someone raised my ...
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What law enforcement roles could super-powered humans play in a grounded/realistic setting? [closed]

Imagine an alternate version of 2021 where there are humans with special abilities. There exist those with super-strength, flight, pyrokinesis, your standard comic book powers, but semi-grounded in ...
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Process to establish an officially recognized police department in the United States

This is for a story that I've been kicking around for years at this point and I always get hung up on how realistic one of my story arcs is. I have an elected constable and town selectman that is ...
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How far away could a tech similar to RFID be scanned?

Let's say a three letter agency wants to track everyone using an ID card tied to a database. It's simple enough to put an RFID chip in it that gets read at some point of contact, but let's say we want ...
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Enforcement of "federal" type laws in a factionalised society

So it's a futuristic cyberpunky society but it has broken down into factions, and there is ongoing fighting between the factions, armed conflict, making and breaking alliances, etc. However, there are ...
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Should Orbital Bombardment be Considered a War Crime? [closed]

One of the most common tactic in realistic interstellar war is the tried and true orbital bombardment. The victor is often the one who holds the high ground, so it make sense to take the ultimate ...
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How can a kingdom bring back the inquisition without letting them become horribly corrupt and despotic? [closed]

Backstory So, the Kingdom of Maliscyle used to have an inquisition, to weed out the cult of the horned lord (a terrible demon). But... they found they were almost as bad as the cultists, as they just ...
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Could 1970s police cars be usable in the modern era?

I'm writing a story set in the mid-2000s USA where a small police agency, for some reason, uses police vehicles from the early 1970s to the early '80s. They have the mechanics, the money, and the ...
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Should it be Illegal to alter Someones Memories? [closed]

This is the next part of my Direct Neural Link tech series (Original question here The legality of Direct Neural Link Technology) the previous question was about how to prevent someone from hijacking ...
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What do I need to consider for a justice system for powered people by powered people?

In one of my stories, there are people with powers. Inherited from parent to child or through accident and experimentation. There's the main government like ours, and a para-military agency ...
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Would more options of the death penalty be believable to present day audience and setting? [closed]

In one of my stories, my MC is a spy and has an ability to come back from the dead (but can't reveal such a fact) and after her first murder (she got killed by a mole and had her arm cut off with an ...
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How to Keep a Murderer from Hacking Your Cybernetic Implants

Because my original question regarding the legality of DNL tech (Link here The legality of Direct Neural Link Technology) was a tad bit too broad, I decided to try again, this time I will break it ...
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How many laws would a parkouring superhero like Spider-Man break by travelling around New York? [closed]

There are a large number of superheroes who get around via some kind of super-parkour. These range from superheroes who swing webbing like Spider-Man and his many imitators (e.g., Spinnerette), to ...
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How accountable would a person be for a crime committed when under alien influence?

In my story, my MC ends up hosting a known (and common) alien life form within their head to keep it alive by joining with another sentient being; as a result, both host and alien life form's ...
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Under what conditions might a police station enlist the help of a minor? [closed]

The story is set in New York City, and the protagonist is a world-renowned for solving mysteries. However, they are only fourteen years old. Would it be illegal for her to assist the police in solving ...
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Human Acid Blood And... Jail

Inspired by this clip, the question arose what today's Law enforcement would look like if humans (Homo sapiens sapiens) had blood that is so acidic that it eats through all matter. The only exception ...
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Proper use of a coma in a criminal sentence

If inducing long-term comas was medically trivial and safe, and ignoring potential problems with muscle atrophy or bed sores or the like, would this come to be considered the only reasonable way to ...
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how can I enforce the prohibition on love potions?

Amortentia is a powerful aphrodisiac that creates an intense feeling of love or obsession in the person who drinks it. There are different kinds of these love potions, each designed to have various ...
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How would the law enforce a ban on immortality? [closed]

I'm writing a fantasy story where magic is common and wizards follow a strict code of conduct. One of those tenets is "never stray from humanity and do not seek immortality or godhood." While I admit ...
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Putting Ant-Man on house arrest

In Ant Man and the Wasp, Ant Man starts the movie on house arrest. House arrest is enforced by a standard ankle tracking monitor. Of course, this security mechanism proves woefully inadequate since, ...
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A cop's situational handling [closed]

I have this scene I'm writing were 10 16 year olds (three girls and seven boys) are loitering in a casino parking lot around a van, Cops have been called cause the kids haven't left. I'm trying to ...
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How to enforce an international ban on the use of human enhancement to one's advantage?

So, technology has become available to enhance human abilities, legislators and the public want to make sure people cannot use this to their advantage. If someone applies these enhancements later in ...
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Practical reasons to have both a large police force and bounty hunting network?

The Hegemony is a global government governing Earth and her colonies. As a global government the Hegemony has a rather large police force (the Hegemony has merged the military and police within the ...
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What use is growing body hair in space?

It is important to tie up loose ends especially when in micro-gravity environment, we sure do not want to accidentally damage the delicate pieces of equipment crucial for keeping the spacers alive and ...
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How would a legal system deal with random groundhog day events? [closed]

I have seen similar questions about groundhog day but they were about either a single unique groundhog day or a permanent one. In this case, each day may or may not repeat. There are no limits so ...
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Who would notice and investigate a restaurant chain that built restaurants without evidence of funding or a construction time period? [closed]

In my story there is a generic fast food restaurant that is well known and otherwise normal. In the last year, new franchises have opened up. They are completely legal, licensed, owned, incorporated, ...
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Why keep a prison for superhumans near/inside a city?

In fact, why keep a prison for even normal humans in a city at all? Where are the benefits that offset the obvious drawbacks? From my limited knowledge on the subject, you would prefer to have a ...
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How can I get mutants to cooperate with a registration program?

Mutants are individuals with various unusual powers. These abilities manifest at different points in life, some at puberty, others well into middle age. Some may be benign, such as breathing ...
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Enforcing a speed limit in medieval times

The Emperor has decreed that the speed limit for horses and horse-drawn vehicles within city limits is to be 5 leagues per hour. As usual he has left the implementation details to his Scientific ...
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On a world of sapient anthropoid felines, can fur pattern be used for recognition?

On a world populated by sentient anthropoid species evolved from Terran felines, both big and small cats, could the local authorities use the fur patterns and colors the same way that we used ...
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Why shouldn't a super powered population be segregated from the rest of society?

If they should be, why? This is one of the questions I have about my own world, where the premise is that 5% of mankind possess a power. Those that deal catastrophic damage are rare, where as the ...
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How are post apocalyptic police/paramilitary force funded?

Background World has had a disaster that has caused a global breakdown of society, along the lines of Fallout or The Walking Dead (90% of people have died or been turned into flesh-hungry zombies.) ...
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Citizenship removed and deported to desolate Island, viable alternative for prison?

I have a world in which several countries use, as an alternative to rotting prison for the rest of your life, the deprivation of citizenship from one's home country and deportation to a desolate ...
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Plausible reason why the government would not discipline its policemen?

In the dystopian state of the UFS, or Union of Fascist States, the leaders of government reign supreme. President Jeffrey Stevenson, the highest of all oligarchs in the UFS, keeps tabs on all the ...
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How to police a state with high amount of gun ownership where the police are not routinely armed?

Background In a country with similar demographics to Switzerland, the gun ownership is high for the population (60 - 70 guns per hundred people) while the police force are not armed on a regular ...
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Who watches the watchmen?

Background I have a highly industrialized country that is rapidly economically growing, all the while expanding its territory (think along the lines of the USA's territorial expansion between 1820 - ...
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Law enforcement in FTL civilization

The civilization has discovered an semi-unspecified type of FTL drive and spread among stars, but only a small portion of the stars in the galaxy is explored, settled and administered. Beyond the edge ...
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Why might the dystopian government make its policemen patrol in fours?

So, this story takes place in the UFS fascist state, in North America. The government is extremely strict on its citizens, and everything the fallen, antiquated United States Of America held dear was ...
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Megapopulation Anarchist Government? [closed]

In a Dyson sphere world, there is enough space to support a population several orders of magnitude larger than our current population. With such a large population a single government cannot be ...
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Reason why the dystopian government would dress its policemen in civilian clothing?

You grew up in the fascist government of the UFS, under the complete control and surveillance of the NAF party. It’s government it tyrannical and unfeeling, but you would never know that. The ...
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