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The term secret police or covert police force refers to intelligence services or police and law enforcement agencies which engage in covert, domestic law enforcement, intelligence, and counter-intelligence operations against a government's political opponents. The level of oversight with which they are governed varies by country and political system. Secret police organizations are often used by totalitarian states to protect the political power of an individual dictator or an authoritarian political regime by means of systematic engagement in extrajudicial activities. Secret police organisations are often utilised for the purposes of policing the activities of dissidents, and weakening opposition organisations. This is distinct from normal intelligence services which focus on the country's opponents irrespective of who is in government.

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