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 Photo: George Frey/Getty Images This patrolman, like all line officers in West Valley City, Utah, wears a body camera while on duty, a practice the town began in March 2015. IEEE Spectrum, 4 May 2016 Stephen Shink is the first captain in the Naperville Fire Department and the department’s only current line officer to be credentialed as a fire officer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence and The Commission on Professional Credentialing., 14 Apr. 2021 At that time, the bureau reported that nearly 2,000 line officer positions were vacant out of 14,863 authorized. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 22 Jan. 2023 Nearly 2,000 line officer positions are vacant out of 14,863 that are authorized, according to the bureau. Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY, 12 Dec. 2022 And not only that, their policy needs to be implemented top down, not just from the police commanders, but all the way down to the line officer. Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2021 Making sure American citizens are safe and for keeping DHS front-line officers safe. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, 29 May 2020 Prior to that, Wiley served in the U.S. Navy for three decades, from 1983 until 2003: first as a surface line officer and then an intelligence officer. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, 13 May 2020 In addition, Hupp said, two line officers from the air station are providing logistical support in the affected area. Travis Andersen,, 3 Sep. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of line officer was in 1850

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“Line officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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