line officer

noun

Definition of line officer 

: a commissioned officer assigned to the line of the army or navy — compare staff officer

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Milwaukee Police Department The union representing rank-and-file Milwaukee police officers says Tasers were not available to front-line officers involved in a violent arrest because of supervisors' decisions. Ashley Luthern, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee police union questions why officers did not have Tasers during violent arrest," 4 May 2018 It was choreographed by captain Sarah Cooper, co-captain Katie Landry and line officers Jasmine Daniel and Lauren Wright. Tracy Trobridge, Howard County Times, "A winning dance team at Glenelg [Glenelg/Glenwood/Dayton]," 5 Apr. 2018 Also, the department’s number of front-line officers has increased slightly. John Monk, charlotteobserver, "More inmates killed. More assaults on guards. What’s happening in SC prisons?," 6 Jan. 2018

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1850, in the meaning defined above

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