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[Latin “power of the county”]
1. A group of citizens who are called together to help the sheriff keep the peace or conduct rescue operations. — Often shortened to posse. 
1. The body of men summoned by a sheriff or other peace officer to assist him in making an arrest. Better known in modern usage as a posse. 
1. Means “the power of the group.” A body of individuals available to be assembled by a sheriff to assist him in maintaining order or making an arrest. 
1. A body of men, even a single man, summoned by a sheriff or other peace officer to assist him in making an arrest. The power or force of the county. Verb: [Latin] To be able; to be possible. 
Posse Comitatus Act:
1. An 1878 federal statute that, with a few exceptions, prohibits the Army or Air Force from directly participating in civilian law-enforcement operations, as by making arrests, conducting searches, or seizing evidence. * The Act does not usually apply to members of the Navy, the National Guard, or the Coast Guard. 18 USCA § 1385. Abbr. PCA. [11
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