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police force

noun

Simple Definition of police force

  • : the police organization in a particular area

Full Definition of police force

  1. :  a body of trained officers entrusted by a government with maintenance of public peace and order, enforcement of laws, and prevention and detection of crime

Examples of police force

  1. He joined the local police force.

  2. <mobilized practically the entire police force to track down the escaped criminal>



1838

First Known Use of police force

1838


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