pa·​trol·​man | \ pə-ˈtrōl-mən How to pronounce patrolman (audio) \

Definition of patrolman

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

Examples of patrolman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Bodycam video captured of the encounter begins with Smith calmly speaking with a Black patrolman who is questioning him about his activity in the area. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Georgia Man Files $700,000 Lawsuit Against Police Department For Wrongful Detainment, Violating Civil Rights," 25 June 2020 Last year, when Shephard, then a patrolman, talked down an armed and suicidal man, he was given a departmental award not for bravery, but for his de-escalation technique. NBC News, "A Florida sheriff adopted Scottish police training. Now his deputies use force less often.," 23 June 2020 Despite the indicators that I was employed as a lawyer (or perhaps a judge), the patrolman, who was also employed in the legal system and had surely interacted with lawyers, only saw a person of color. Fortune, "A black partner’s perspective on why law firms are failing at diversity," 11 June 2020 But unlike the four officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s death, the patrolman who killed Tycel Nelson neither faced criminal charges nor lost his job, ascending to the rank of lieutenant over the ensuing two decades. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, "Will Minneapolis become the Selma of the North?," 11 June 2020 During his two terms as union president, Loomis built a reputation for making controversial statements, including criticizing the family of 12-year-old Tamir Rice after the boy had been shot and killed by now-former patrolman Timothy Loehmann. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Black Lives Matter Cleveland co-founder, Cleveland police union attorney spar during virtual discussion: takeaways," 9 June 2020 Helle started his police career as a patrolman on the West Side in 1989. Sig Christenson,, "Controversial San Antonio police union boss says protests not a factor in decision to retire," 5 June 2020 The boxing lessons patrolman Joe Martin imparted to the young Cassius Clay retain their symbolic punch more than 60 years later. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Opinion: Louisville can still learn from the lessons a cop taught Muhammad Ali," 1 June 2020 Torres, a patrolman who worked at the South Substation, pleaded guilty to the federal charges in February and faces up to 40 years in prison. Emilie Eaton,, "Child pornography, family violence, drunken driving: Five San Antonio police officers disciplined for alleged wrongdoing," 21 May 2020

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First Known Use of patrolman

1867, in the meaning defined above

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“Patrolman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce patrolman (audio) \
plural patrolmen\ -​mən \

Kids Definition of patrolman

: a police officer who has a regular beat

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