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The general principles by which a government is guided in its management of public affairs, or the legislature in its measures. A general term used to describe all contracts of insurance.

As applied to a law, ordinance, or Rule of Law, the general purpose or tendency considered as directed to the welfare or prosperity of the state or community.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.

POLICY, PUBLIC. By public policy is meant that which the law encourages for the promotion of the public good.
     2. That which is against public policy is generally unlawful. For example, to restrain an individual from marrying, or from engaging in business, when the restraint is general, in the first case, to all persons, and, in the second, to all trades, business, or occupations. But if the restraint be only partial, as that Titius shall not marry Moevia, or that Caius shall not engage in a particular trade in a particular town or, place, the restraint is not against public policy,, and therefore valid. 1 Story, Eq. Jur. Sec. 274. See Newl. Contr. 472.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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A staff's understanding of how the commander visualizes information can go a long way in making the sustainment COP effective.
The young cops will be drawn from various units, including districts, sources said.
I hear the defensive cries of "not all cops." Not all cops are bad.
A player's role as a cop will be required in one of the activities to arrest other players in the game.
7 48 HOURS (1982) THIS made a star of comedian Eddie Murphy who as fast-talking hustler Reggie Hammond is sprung from jail to help grizzled detective Jack Cates (Nick Nolte) catch a pair of cop killers.
In May, NLC, along with its allies in state and local law enforcement, sent a letter to appropriators in both chambers urging them to maintain funding for COPS and Byrne JAG.
It is observed that CoPs can exist in any organisation and that large organisations may be better equipped with the required resources to utilize CoPs as a method of good management (Roberts 2006).
The coldest conditions in decades did not deter pupils from Solihull's Our Lady of the Wayside Catholic Primary School coming out in force to become the next generation of 'climate cops'.
Force protection measures are critical to maintaining combat power at coalition outposts (COPs) and greatly contribute mission success in Iraq.
The cops started following him, and he ran to the house we were at and he jumped out.