Anyforce dealing directly with the people should require the people they are dealing with have the means to supply themselves with weapons of simular power and abilities.
I disagree. I could complain about cops for hours without tiring the subject, but do beloved in the justice of their existence. The point of having a police force is that they can do certain things denied to regular people. Their powers aren’t restricted to mere defense, and shouldn’t be. Whereas I can shoot someone breaking into my home, for instance (so long as there is a reasonable threat of death or severe bodily harm; at least here in MN you can’t kill to protect property), I cannot chase them down the street. Cops can. They have the power of pursuit, because they may not only defend themselves but arrest and detain wrongdoers.
Likewise, as I said, we empower them to execute warrants, resolve hostage situations, and keep the peace, which contain an element of but easily go beyond self-defense. The latter is often abused, but I feel rather indispensable if you are going to have a police force.
beloved = believe