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Zero Tolerance Text  Before the coming of paid police forces, the main agents of local law enforcement were the parish constables, who were local tradesmen or farmers chosen annually by the inhabitants of each parish or township. People of no fixed abode and visible means of support (or in the blunter contemporary language “rogues and vagabonds”) were always a bugbear to the authorities, and the constables were expected to adopt a “zero tolerance” policy against them.
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