: to keep order in or among <Officers police the city.>
Definition of POLICE for Kids
: the department of government that keeps order and enforces law, investigates crimes, and makes arrests
police plural: members of a police force
Word Root of POLICE
The Greek word polis, meaning “city” or “community,” and the related word polītēs, meaning “citizen,” give us the roots polis and polit. Words from Greek polis and polītēs have something to do with cities or communities or the citizens who live in them. A metropolis is the most important city in an area. The police are a group that enforces the law so as to protect citizens. Politics is the science and art of governing citizens.