Most intimidating police cars
Local watchmen were hired by cities to provide some extra security.Magistrates such as procurators fiscal and quaestors investigated crimes.There was no concept of public prosecution, so victims of crime or their families had to organize and manage the prosecution themselves.Under the reign of Augustus, when the capital had grown to almost one million inhabitants, 14 wards were created; the wards were protected by seven squads of 1,000 men called "vigiles", who acted as firemen and nightwatchmen.
Many slang terms for police officers are decades or centuries old with lost etymology.
These organizations were intended to be temporary, but became a long-standing fixture of Spain.
The first recorded case of the formation of an hermandad occurred when the towns and the peasantry of the north united to police the pilgrim road to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, and protect the pilgrims against robber knights.
Their duties included apprehending thieves and robbers and capturing runaway slaves.
The vigiles were supported by the Urban Cohorts who acted as a heavy-duty anti-riot force and even the Praetorian Guard if necessary.