Canal Zone Police

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The Canal Zone Police was a force that consisted of more than 400 police officers of all ranks split into two divisions, Atlantic and Pacific, and between about 25 stations. It was responsible for the security of Canal Zone property, as well as general policing duties, using a wide range of transportation, including boats, horses, motorcycles and patrol cars.

The force was disbanded on March 31, 1982 when law enforcement responsibilities for the former Panama Canal Zone passed to the Republic of Panama as mandated by the Torrijos-Carter Treaties of 1977.

Between 1941 and 1957 three Canal Zone Police officers were killed in separate incidents. Each officer was on motorcycle patrol and was forced off the road by a speeding car. No suspects were ever charged in the three killings.

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