A newspaper ran this headline today:
Police crack down on IAC protesters.
Isn't the following more appropriate?
Police cracks down on IAC protesters.
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Definition of police
[treated as plural] (usually the police)
the civil force of a state, responsible for the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order:
local people have lost faith in the police
Unlike (FF's) government which can be treated as singular or plural, police is treated as plural.