Armed force of a country intended to keep order among civilians. Usually the only formation allowed to use force to maintain the law. They usually wear uniforms, but some of police officers act as secret agents.

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Did North African countries have a police in the 18th/19th Century?

This is just a derived question from my other question about firefighters. I wonder if there have been special forces for security like what we call police nowadays or at least nightwatchmen in ...