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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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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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How could “power control” laws be enforced with the fewest violations of civil liberties? [closed]

The central premise of my story is that one day in the year 2017, an unknown entity starts imbuing humans with supernatural abilities. A quick rundown of the system: Every human over the age of 13 ...
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Logical reason why my dystopian government exiles rebels instead of killing them?

So, a lot of things happened in the 20th century. In the 1930s, the second American Revolution starts, due to the hardships of the depression. Armed revolutionaries storm DC, and the USA become the ...
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Everyone can heal very quickly. How does this impact forensics and criminal investigations?

So the central conceit of my story is that everyone has various superhuman powers in modern day America, and one of the powers that everyone has is a superhuman healing factor. Anything we'd classify ...
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Who administers soul exchanges? [closed]

Mythology is replete with examples of people selling their soul to the devil. Except... how does that actually work, mechanically? Let's say you sign a contract agreeing that the devil may take your ...
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Galactic Law Enforcement - Handcuff Alternatives

So I'm building a galaxy with bunch of space-age civilizations and an galactic wide supra-nation. Something similar to the Citadel races in the Mass Effect games. Unlike those games, the most of the ...
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Why would a country execute criminals only at a certain time of the year?

This modern country has strong democratic institutions, and leans toward extreme religious conservatism. The state religion is omnipresent in culture, and has a major influence on the laws passed by ...
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“Biometric” identification for AIs

How can an authority verify the identity of an AI? An easy to explain example is the equivalent of a drivers’ license. Consider a typical situation, in the near-ish future: Police cruiser pulls over ...
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Criminal law and backward time travel

Alright, this might sound pretty convoluted, but I would truly value an expert eye to help me with a very theoretical situation. I've been working on a science fiction novel where the whole world ...
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Why don't we have robot cops in the future? [closed]

The year is 2117 C.E. and it seems that human and machines have coexisted amicably for many decades, these androids had filled almost every roles from judges to member of the parliament all except ...
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Prosecuting crime when the means used to commit it are far beyond current understanding

This is a rewrite of this question in an attempt to bring it back in topic and avoid the story based objections. Imagine a world like ours but where a temporary portal could be constructed between ...
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If an inventor discovered how to build a teleportation device and used it, what laws would he have broken and could he be successfully prosecuted? [closed]

Imagine a world like ours but where a temporary portal could be constructed between two different locations allowing people to simply walk between these two places with a single step. Now imagine ...
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What if hell is real… by necromancy?

This story set in a medieval world, where necromancy is forbidden by law, but openly deployed by the church to simulate hell. There is a dedicated pool of fire just below the church of this kingdom, ...
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Effective way to identify people in medieval fantasy setting

In my fantasy world, criminals who have committed serious crimes are sent to an island called "Yaehlbuhn". This island, quite far from any continents, is essentially an open prison where criminals can ...
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Law enforcement in a world with smartphone magic

The year is 20XX. One day on an obscure programming forum, a user posts a smartphone app that allows the user to pull objects in real world. (Think "Accio" from Harry potter series). This app quickly ...
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How to prevent invisible people from committing crimes?

The year is 2020, 98% of the world population are normal people with normal skills, two percent (2%) are people who have the ability to become invisible at will. The majority of the invisible people ...
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What are good places to hide small objects in public?

TLDR: Where to hide small object (1 cm by 1.5 cm by 1 mm) in public places? My setting: outskirts of a small city single main road from city (4 lanes, 2 each way) off the main road is a suburb on ...
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How can you punish someone without causing suffering? [closed]

Imagine a world where any human suffering caused by other humans creates demons in the world. A cruel word may spawn a mischievous sprite. A murder may create a prowler that would crawl the streets ...
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Freelance detectives

Bad guys will do bad things, no matter how far in the future we go to. Even with space travel and other lifeforms to live alongside humanity, crime will rear its ugly head no anywhere, anytime. So ...
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Which businesses/industries can easily and efficiently launder money? [closed]

In a world roughly like ours, I have $millions per year, variable, in illegal income that I want to launder through a legitimate business. I want to be able to scale the business up and down to fit ...
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How to effectively govern a Dyson swarm?

Now everyone agrees that when it comes to building orbital habitats, let alone a full-blown Dyson swarm with millions, maybe even billions of liveable habs in orbit around the Sun or the various ...
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Could a mute person become a police officer in a small town? [closed]

Obviously one would expect there to be barriers to becoming a police officer for a mute, deaf, or deaf-mute person when a job such as that sometimes requires quick and concise communication between ...
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Wanted for questioning by FBI - gets on cruise ship into international waters [closed]

I have a character that has not committed a crime, but is wanted by the Feds for questioning and whose mental capacity is in question (ability to make decisions for herself). If she can get on the ...
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Conceal carry: limits in a modern society

The setting is modern and very Earth like in many ways (technology level being one of them). In one of the largest nations--first world, high GDP, respectable per capita income--there exists this odd ...
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Why won't police help? [closed]

I am writing a book where time travelers want to kill me because I foil their plan in the future. Luckily I find out before it's too late. Obviously, the best plan to protect myself from future ...
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Designing an emergency protocol

If someday Aliens decide to invade and annex earth from the strategical point of view it would be effective to cripple our space scanning and orbital communication instruments. Why? First off Aliens ...
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How can I apply SIMPLE unique nicknames for criminals in a rather gigantic world?

At the beginning of my worldbuilding, I thought it would be nice to bond nicknames for characters of either highlighted importance or supernatural power. This naturally appearing differentiation is a ...