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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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 Spider-Man break just by swinging around New York? [closed]

Imagine Spider-Man is web-slinging around New York. No crime fighting, no vigiliantism, no superheroing, just swinging around New York city to get from Manhattan to Queens. How many laws would he ...
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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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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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If bulletproof clothes become commonplace, how would law enforcement keep peace and order?

I'm currently writing a techno-thriller as a hobby, set in the modern world. Some scientists managed to create a mix of kevlar and carbon nano-tubes that can be bonded with regular textiles and ...
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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? [closed]

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 ...