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

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In the Eighteenth Precinct, on Fifty-fourth Street west of Eighth Avenue, two patrolmen brought in a young man and a young woman in handcuffs. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "East Eighty-eighth Street and East End Avenue," 25 May 2018 The other incidents this month involved a deputy chief who was set to retire and a veteran homicide detective — both of whom died within 24 hours of each other — and a 29-year-old patrolman who took his life outside of a precinct on Staten Island. NBC News, "Fourth NYPD officer suicide in 3 weeks a reminder of 'combustible' situation," 30 June 2019 Kent typically played the game with the joy and elan of a state highway patrolman – mustache and all – yet something remarkable happened on this night. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Opinion: From Big Papi to 'big brother,' David Ortiz's baseball impact a true love affair," 10 June 2019 Inside, Cannady began arguing with customers and eventually tried to punch a campus patrolman. Akeem Glaspie, Indianapolis Star, "Former Mishawaka Marion star Devin Cannady opens up about mental health, arrest," 14 June 2019 Euclid police has faced public scrutiny in the past year, in large part because of a controversial video of a traffic stop in which patrolman Michael Amiott was seen hitting motorist Richard Hubbard III in August. Eric Heisig,, "Lawsuit claims Euclid police officer assaulted women, made arrest on trumped-up charges," 7 Mar. 2018 Nine patrolmen who fired on the students were tried in 1969; they were acquitted of all charges. Deneen L. Brown, Washington Post, "‘Stained with blood’: The 1968 campus massacre of black protesters by South Carolina police," 8 Feb. 2018 The patrolman went to the Waterbird Inn, which is connected to The Allure by a corridor with fire doors at either end, and pulled the fire alarm, Jarka said, adding about 40 people were evacuated from the hotel. Amy Lavalley, Post-Tribune, "Chesterton banquet hall owner says he'll rebuild after Monday fire at The Allure," 3 June 2019 The video, shared by California Highway Patrol-Bishop station and credited to Officer Chris Bol, shows a patrolman's Ford Explorer parked on the road, wind buffeting the camera microphone. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "F-16 Fighter Jet Sets off Police Radar," 11 Mar. 2019

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

Kids Definition of patrolman

: a police officer who has a regular beat

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