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 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, "What qualifies as a hate crime and why are they so difficult to prove?," 8 Apr. 2021 Making sure American citizens are safe and for keeping DHS front-line officers safe. Paul Bedard, Washington Examiner, "DHS: Bigger virus ‘catastrophe’ avoided by stopping illegal immigration," 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, "Exclusive: Trump spy chief Richard Grenell picks career intelligence official to be top deputy," 13 May 2020 In addition, Hupp said, two line officers from the air station are providing logistical support in the affected area. Travis Andersen,, "Coast Guard members based on the Cape helping with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts," 3 Sep. 2019 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

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First Known Use of line officer

1850, in the meaning defined above

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19 Apr 2021

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“Line officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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