The police are a series of forces that serve as a type of security group to ensure laws and rules are obeyed, and that order and peace is the norm on a planet, or in space under a planet's jurisdiction. Police officers also tend to have authority to take criminal suspects in for questioning, conduct investigations into criminal activities, and arrest those who break the law. Police are often identified by uniform.
On Starfleet vessels, starbases and other installations, the security division is normally in charge of police activities as part of their duties. One exception is the use of Bajoran officers on Deep Space 9, under the command of Constable Odo. (DS9: "Emissary", et al.)
Various police roles and titles
- .38 police special
- Military police
- Police station
- Police department
- Police car/vehicle
- Police brutality
- Patrol route
Known police forces
- The Deadwood Sheriff's Office from the Ancient West holoprogram based in 19th century Deadwood, South Dakota (TNG: "A Fistful of Datas")
- The Detroit Police Department from Loomis' interactions with Jonathan Archer and T'Pol in 2004 Detroit (ENT: "Carpenter Street")
- The Federal Bureau of Investigation:
- The Federation Security of 2285 (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock)
- The Los Angeles Police Department from 1996, Sims was an officer (VOY: "Future's End")
- The New York City Police Department:
- The Portage Creek Police Department from Portage Creek in 2000, seen through Kathryn Janeway (VOY: "11:59")
- The San Francisco Police Department:
- from San Francisco in 1893 (TNG: "Time's Arrow, Part II")
- from the Dixon Hill holodeck program based in 1940s (TNG: "The Big Goodbye")
- from Kirk's travel through time to 1986 in San Francisco (Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)
- from San Francisco in 2024 (DS9: "Past Tense, Part I", "Past Tense, Part II")
- The Scotland Yard from the Sherlock Holmes holonovels ran in 2365, and based in late 19th and early 20th centuries (TNG: "Elementary, Dear Data")
- The US Air Force military police in 1969 (TOS: "Tomorrow is Yesterday")
- 892-IV imperial police (TOS: "Bread and Circuses")
- Angosian police (TNG: "The Hunted")
- Criminal Investigations (VOY: "Workforce, Part II")
- Edo mediators. (TNG: "Justice")
- Kesat Security (VOY: "Riddles")
- Kobliad Security (DS9: "The Passenger")
- Kzin government police (TAS: "The Slaver Weapon")
- Lurian Security (DS9: "Who Mourns for Morn?")
- New Sydney police (DS9: "Prodigal Daughter")
- Rutian police (TNG: "The High Ground")
- Tanugan security force (TNG: "A Matter of Perspective")
- Telsian Security (VOY: "Live Fast and Prosper")
- V'Shar (TNG: "Gambit, Part II")
- In an earlier draft of VOY: "Repression", Tuvok's daughter, Asil, was a detective for the Vulcan police.
- Section 31 was considered to be the secret police of the Federation. (DS9: "Inquisition")
- Nazi Germany had a secret police force known as the Gestapo.
- The Cardassian secret police was known as the Obsidian Order, although they weren't very secret.
- The Romulan undercover police force was known as the Tal Shiar, whose work was often behind the scenes.
- Secret police forces are also referred to as intelligence agencies and have expanded jurisdiction and powers than traditional police forces.
List of police personnel
Gene Roddenberry studied three years of policemanship and was an officer of the Los Angeles Police Department before becoming a writer full-time.