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Should the police have unlimited powers to deal with crime? by Mind Map: Should the police have unlimited powers to deal with crime?
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Should the police have unlimited powers to deal with crime?

No, the police should not have unlimited powers to deal with crime?

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely." With unlimited power, the police- who are meant to uphold the law, may become corrupt in their dealings with crime.

Such unlimited power may also result in the unfair oppression and prosecution of the people.

Unlimited power would infringe on the personal privacy of citizens

Policemen are also human beings who have their own personal prejudice and biases, hence they might be swayed by their feelings when dealing with the offenders and unfair treatment might be imposed on the innocent parties before investigations are completed.


Power: Capacity to regulate behavior and enforce order

Crime: an action or an instance of negligence that is deemed injurious to the public welfare or morals or to the interests of the state and that is legally prohibited.

Police:an organized civil force for maintaining order, preventing and detecting crime, and enforcing the laws.

Unlimited: boundless; infinite

Yes, the police should have unlimited powers to deal with crime.

In countries where gang fights and street riots are a frequent occurrence, there is a need for them to have the ability to control belligerent citizens. Having to consult higher authorities befire any action can be taken might cause delay and resulted in dire consequences from arising. (eg deaths and casualties).

Some highly dangerous missions can only be completed through compromising people's privacy. The violation of privacy may be a crucial element in cracking a case. Therefore, citizens must sacrifice personal liberty for the greater good and the greater cause of national security.

The police force has been trained to deal with all sorts of crimes and situations, therefore we should trust that they will wield the authority given to them wisely.

Over the years, terrorist groups and other criminals have not only expanded their networks, but also developed their weaponry. We cannot expect our police force to be able to take these people on without being equipped with all the necessary power they need to efficiently wipe out such threats. Furthermore, should the police go without power, the society would be an extremely vulnerable target for terrorists because they know that it would not be difficult to deal with the police since they do not have the ability to act on what they deem wise.


Police have certain amount of powers and rights to deal with crime.

The police have been hindered by their limited powers.