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Under subheading "Protection of individuals" 'since 1856' should say
something like "consistently ruled" when referring to the U.S. Supreme Court's rulings that there is no constitutional duty of law enforcement to protect individuals from other individuals' behavior, but rather to protect society as a whole. The first of these rulings was "South v. Maryland" (1855) and, more recently, this century's Castle Rock v. Gonzales (2005).
Dubious claim of "oldest police force in the world" repeated here inaccurately and without evidence
Famously, the Metropolitan Police had to give a written undertaking to the Advertising Standards Authority never to repeat its claim of being "the oldest police force in the world" to avoid formal enforcement action - because it wasn't true, not by a long chalk.
The claim here, in respect of the Marine Police, is at best dubious, and possibly untrue, given the establishment of a uniformed body of constables, wearing uniforms with "Police" badges, in the City of Glasgow in 1789. The fact that this police force failed due to financial difficulties, and had to wait until 1800 until an Act of Parliament provided a statutory basis for its funding, does not stop it being the oldest police force in the UK. After all, the Marine Police - in that form - ceased to exist when it was subsumed into the Metropolitan Police, so if defunct police forces still count, what's sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander!
And of course a whole host of Scottish borough police forces, starting with the City of Glasgow Police in 1800, pre-dated the Met...! 188.8.131.52 (talk) 03:33, 22 December 2012 (UTC)
For example, the catalan Police, the Mossos d'Esquadra, was founded in 1719 --184.108.40.206 (talk) 21:04, 24 December 2012 (UTC)