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Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentLaw & Ethics · 10 months ago

How police define civil dispute and crime? Why do police refuse to act in civil cases ?

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  • 10 months ago
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    Because civil cases are not their job, because they are not criminal issues.

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  • 10 months ago

    Because of the frequently of spouses, who were badly beaten by their spouse, to later deny it ever happened and claim the police just made it all up.

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  • Pat
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    10 months ago

    Civil cases are CIVIL cases.

    Cops are hired to handle CRIMINAL cases.

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  • 10 months ago

    The difference is in law.

    There is civil law and criminal law. The police are ONLY charged with protecting and enforcing criminal law. They have no authoritymor power in civil cases.

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  • Yeti
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Crimes are committed against the state. They're defined by statute. They're things like murder, burglary, assault.... The police have to have probable cause to believe a crime has been committed to act, and to do something like an arrest. Criminal cases ultimately are launched by prosecutors, who work for the state. And they tend to file criminal charges only once they believe they have enough evidence to convict somebody beyond a reasonable doubt, and send them to jail if necessary.

    Civil cases are between people. They're things like landlord-tenant disputes, lawsuits for financial damages, divorces, etc. It's not for the police to decide on the spot who's right and who's wrong in such situations. They're not attorneys or judges. People need to take such cases to court themselves and go through the court process.

    The laws define what's civil and criminal. The police simply are law enforcement. They don't make the laws or interpret the laws.

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  • 10 months ago

    The law, not the police defines them. The law specifies that police only deal with criminal offenses.

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  • 10 months ago

    Crimes are defined by legislation.

    • Nuff Sed
      Lv 7
      10 months agoReport

      Mostly true. Some crimes are still defined by the common law.

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  • xyzzy
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Civil disputes and crimes are defined by laws. Police don't act in civil cases because that is not their job. It is the same as asking why firefighters don't act in civil cases.

    • Nuff Sed
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      10 months agoReport

      Some firefighters actually do "act in civil cases", so your simile is inapt.

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  • 10 months ago

    They don't have jurisdiction.

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  • 10 months ago

    The police do not define those, legislators do.

    the police should have no problem enforcing a court order in most cases.

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