In the immediate aftermath of a disaster the police on almost every scale will probably be hopelessly overwhelmed. Between needing to go and defend their own families and being overrun by millions of crimes spreading like wildfire, even the best equipped department couldn’t possibly function properly. Without police to enforce the law, and with chaos rapidly disintegrating courts and legislatures alike law as we know it will end…but what will replace it? Once the dust begins to settle and life, such as it is, continues what will exist to govern the remaining people? Let’s look at some potential options so that you can be ready for what may come.
Option #1: Increased legal control and overbearing police presence. If the disaster is a slow slide rather than an immediate collapse, a tightening of the legal reigns is almost guaranteed. As people continue to fall deeper into poverty, hunger, or even just dissatisfaction crime will increase and so will the laws designed to stem the tide. Police officers will see their numbers and powers increased and heavier gear considered standard wear, assuming the force doesn’t just collapse under the weight of increased crime and a shrinking budget.
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