Police Power

Police power is another governing entity of fee simple. The police department is given the right to regulate behaviors and enforce order within their territory. The idea of police power dates back four centuries. The most common use of police power is governing over zoning regulations, building codes, and environmental protection regulations. Police power is also used in public health regulations, traffic law, and family law.

Police can regulate property if it is shown to be an environmental or safety hazard to a community. If a property has some type of harmful material stored then the police can regulate that property. Police forces also regulate traffic laws to make sure that people are driving in a safe manor. Police officers may stop someone for driving over the speed limit, not obeying traffic signs, or driving in a manner that may be harmful to others. Police officers are also given the right to search a person’s car if they feel that there may be something illegal in the vehicle.

The police department is also responsible to make sure that properties are being used for the proper use that the zoning regulations permit, and that buildings are up to code. They also govern public health regulations and may quarantine a certain area that may be harmful to others.

Another large area that the police force is involved in is family law. Police deal with domestic disputes as well as make sure that children are being looked after properly, and are following the law. They will go to court to defend their force and the decision to arrest someone or give them a ticket. In the event that the police officer does not show up to court then the person may be let go depending on the offense of the crime.