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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Leavelle and a patrolman arrested the man and took the suspect to the city jail. Joe Simnacher And Marc Ramirez,, "Jim Leavelle, detective in historic photo of Lee Harvey Oswald’s shooting, dies," 30 Aug. 2019 Each evening as the sun sets over Masjed Mountain in central Iran, a group of volunteer patrolmen scan the craggy slopes for poachers making their way down with the day’s kill. Marjan Yazdi, National Geographic, "From poachers to protectors, meet the rangers of Masjed Mountain," 7 Mar. 2019 Federal prosecutors alleged Cadichon and his fellow patrolman, Officer Kevin Tate, took bribes in the form of cash and wire transfers from Richard Burton, who owns National Attorney Referral Service based in suburban Bloomingdale. Jason Meisner,, "Chicago cop pleads guilty to taking bribes for accident victim information," 22 Aug. 2019 Stevens joined the academy in 1985 and hit the city’s streets in March 1986 as a North Precinct patrolman. Carol Robinson |, al, "Birmingham Police deputy chief retiring after 33 years on the force," 12 Aug. 2019 The comments were reported by a fellow patrolman, and did not result in any discipline from the city, the lawsuit states. Justin L. Mack, Indianapolis Star, "Family of Eric Logan sues city of South Bend, officer after fatal police shooting," 24 June 2019 Of course no border patrolmen would go on the record about anything anymore, not even the weather. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "“Just Keep Going North”," 5 July 2019 Andrew Steel stars in Theo Davies' inspirational bio-drama about Frank Shankwitz, the Arizona highway patrolman who created the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Wish Man': Film Review," 23 July 2019 Nearly 200 state highway patrolmen and 150 sheriff's deputies were also deployed and swept the projects. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "A beat cop, a fateful shooting and the moments that shaped Phoenix's history," 17 July 2019

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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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