These are relevant references from the Books where Police are mentioned.
I make no pronouncements on these matters, but report them as I find them.
Arrive at your own conclusions.
I wish you well,
Also considered, though nothing was determined that night, were matters of taxation, the unification and revision of the codes of the five Ubars, the establishment of council courts, replacing those of the Ubars, and the acquisition of a sizable number of men-at-arms, who would be directly responsible to the council itself, in effect, a small council police or army. Such a body of men, it might be noted, though restricted in numbers and limited in jurisdiction, already existed in the arsenal. The arsenal guard, presumably, would become a branch of the newly formed council guard, if such became a reality.
For one thing, had now formed a Council Guard, with its distinct livery, that was now recognized as a force of the Council, and, in effect, as the police of the city. The Arsenal Guard, however, perhaps for traditional reasons, remained a separate body, concerned with the arsenal, and having jurisdiction within its walls. For another thing, the four Ubars, Chung, Eteocles, Nigel and Sullius Maximus, their powers considerably reduced during the time of the unsuccessful coup of Henrius Sevarius, had apparently resigned themselves to the supremacy of the Council in the city. At any rate, for the first time in several years, there was now a single, effective sovereign in Port Kar, the Council. Accordingly, its word, and, in effect, its word alone, was law. A similar consolidation and unification had taken place, of course, in the realm of inspections and taxations, penalties and enforcements, codes and courts. For the first time in several years one could count on the law being the same on both sides of a given canal.
On the other hand, it was regarded as permissible to slay a male thief or take a female thief slave if the culprit could be apprehended within an Ahn of the theft. After an Ahn the thief, if apprehended and a caste member, was to be remanded to the police of the arsenal.
Twice I was passed by pairs of guardsmen, in white robes with red sashes and scimitars, the police of Tor.
At the oases, it is common for the local pashas to exact a protection tax from caravans, if they are of a certain length, normally of more than fifty kaiila. The protection tax helps to defray the cost of maintaining soldiers, who, nominally, at any rate, police the desert.
Warrior Societies in the tribes have many functions. They are a significant component of tribal existence. Such societies, on an alternating basis, do such things as keep order in the camps and on the treks. They function, too, as guards and police. It is part of their function, too, to keep the tribes apprised as to the movements of kailiauk and to organize and police tribal hunts.
This was a moon in which the Sleen Soldiers held police powers in the camp, and so it was to their lot that numerous details, such as scouting and guarding, supervising the camp and settling minor disputes, now fell. Among their other duties, of course, would come the planning, organization and policing of the great Wanasapi, the hunt or chase.
Among the red savages there are various sorts of chief. The primary types of chief are the war chief, the medicine chief and the civil chief. One may be, interestingly, only one sort of chief at a time. This, like the rotation of police powers among warrior societies, is a portion of the checks and balances, so to speak, which tend to characterize tribal governance.
"The crowd has dissipated," said Marcus. "I think it would be well for us, too, to withdraw."
"Yes," I said, and, in a few moments, in a sheltered place, between buildings, we had resumed our customary guise, that of auxiliary guardsmen, police in the pay of Cos.
"Is that why your men carry staffs and chains?" I asked.
"You are an insolent, surly fellow!" he cried.
"Beware, Appanius," said one of his retainers. "He is of the police."
the scarlet caste
police the streets
"The port police would not permit us within the walls of Brundisium," said a man. "Refugees were unwelcome. They brought nothing to the city, there was no work for them, they were dangerous, they would be expensive to feed."
"By heralds we were warned away from the walls," said a man.
"There," said Tarl Cabot, "do you see them, the three of them, the farther islands, Chios, Daphna, Thera?"
They were dim, in the distance, in the snow, but one could make them out. I had never been this far west of Cos and Tyros, but the merchantry of the major island Ubarates, including Cos, of course, traded here, and rogue ships, from Port Kar and Brundisium, did as well. Indeed, the major reason for the western patrols, as that of the Metioche, was to police these routes, limiting them to licensed traffic.
Pani no longer policed the work areas.
"Only those loyal to Yamada may carry weapons," said Torgus, "his soldiers, his officers, his police."
But, ela, Talena, even at the World's End, had been recognized by one of the most tenacious of her pursuers, fierce, skilled Seremides, a master of the sword, formerly First Captain in the Taurentian guard, the pledged police of the Central Cylinder in Ar, who had been a colleague in her treason, and an abettor of her crimes, himself now, too, a fugitive from the justice of Ar.
"Not at all," he said. "Your inquiries pertaining to me aroused the curiosity of the secret police, in particular that of Cepheus of Jad, who interpreted his charge to promote the welfare of the state much as he pleased, especially in the case of individuals suspected of possessing a deep purse."
"You were extremely courageous," I said, "to have manufactured the rumor of so grievous a hoax. Lurius, racked with doubt, and ready to kill, will be zealous to apprehend you. The secret police must be scouring the city for you."
Now, Lurius and the police, believing him reduced and destitute, were seeking him wholly, or largely, in the poorer, shabbier districts of the city, such as the District of Porus.
We gathered they were Cosian operatives, probably furnished by the secret police of Jad.
One often thinks of the Black Caste, the Assassins, as being little more than hired killers; but, in a sense, they are the nearest thing, on Gor, to an international police force.