line officer


Definition of line officer

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

Examples of line officer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The force has also given 100 front-line officers enhanced training to address mental health issues that arise on service calls. Gillian Flaccus,, "Paramedics have faced a rash of attacks from patients in Portland, Oregon. Now they’re getting self-defense training.," 11 Nov. 2019 The Junior Police Officers Association, representing front-line officers, said the force has been stretched thin. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Shot teen charged as Hong Kong considers ban on masks," 3 Oct. 2019 In recent weeks, the department launched a program that uses dogs to help front-line officers with the stress of the job. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, "New survey shows heavy psychological toll for Virginia’s first responders," 10 Sep. 2019 Now, front-line officers routinely face verbal abuse and profanity at protests, an unusual phenomenon for members of a body that had long been highly respected. New York Times, "Hong Kong Police, Once Called ‘Asia’s Finest,’ Are Now a Focus of Anger," 24 June 2019 Bill served as a line officer aboard the USS Washburn deployed to the Far East, and concluded his honorable service as a staff officer at Great Lakes Naval Training Station., "Deaths in South Florida: 7/12," 12 July 2019 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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First Known Use of line officer

1850, in the meaning defined above

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23 Nov 2019

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“Line officer.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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not to be intimidated or subdued

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