pa·​trol·​man | \ pə-ˈtrōl-mən \

Definition of patrolman

: one who patrols especially : a police officer assigned to a beat

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Ron Helus and a highway patrolman, saw at least 100 people fleeing the bar and ran into an ambush, Ayub said. Amanda Lee Myers, The Seattle Times, "California bar shooter had enough ammo to kill many more," 28 Nov. 2018 After contacting Bella's co-owner in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Kuhl and his fellow patrolman Tancredi decided to make the drive themselves and reunite the dog with her family, ABC News reports. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "Police Officers Drove 650 Miles to Return This Adorable Dog to Her Owners," 12 Aug. 2016 The New York Police Department patrolman was arrested in 2012 after his wife discovered disturbing material on his computer and reported it to the FBI. Larry Neumeister, The Seattle Times, "Car mechanic gets 7 years in prison for kidnap-killing plot," 24 July 2018 One was from his youngest victim, the highway patrolman’s daughter, who was 19 when Sanchez approached her car. Marisa Gerber,, "Former Monterey Park officer sentenced to nearly 8 years in prison for sexually assaulting women in traffic stops," 5 June 2018 Peyer — a 13-year veteran with a reputation as an exemplary officer —became the first highway patrolman ever to be convicted of murder in California., "June 23, 1988: Peyer is guilty," 23 June 2018 The dash cam was mounted just below the police cruiser’s roof, in perfect position to capture the 26-year patrolman’s transformation from concerned father to authority-abusing police officer. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "‘You’re going to jail’: Officer fired for abuse of power after pulling over daughter’s boyfriend," 24 June 2018 For example, in September, North Royalton police patrolman Jon Karl, resource officer for North Royalton City Schools, told council that substance abuse is a significant problem among young people. Bob Sandrick,, "North Royalton permanently bans growing, processing, selling medical marijuana," 1 May 2018 Dashcam footage from the patrolman’s cruiser showed the officer pulling over a silver car on April 16, the Chronicle-Telegram reported. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Police officer fired after pulling over, detaining daughter and boyfriend," 22 June 2018

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First Known Use of patrolman

1867, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of patrolman

US : a police officer who patrols an area
British : a person who works for an organized group of car owners and who goes to help if one of the owners' cars stops working when it is being driven


pa·​trol·​man | \ pə-ˈtrōl-mən \
plural patrolmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of patrolman

: a police officer who has a regular beat

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