peace officer


Definition of peace officer 

: a civil officer (such as a police officer) whose duty it is to preserve the public peace

Examples of peace officer in a Sentence

He was arrested for assaulting a peace officer.

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Michigan conservation officers are fully commissioned state peace officers. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan DNR officers save woman from 70-foot cliff plunge," 7 May 2018 Charges of false report to a peace officer were direct-filed to grand jury April 22 in the 4800 block of Scott Lane, police said. Jennifer James, Houston Chronicle, "Police investigate cases of criminal mischief," 30 Apr. 2018 Wen Min Chen, 30, is charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a weapon to a peace officer after police said they were called to a South Side residence by a woman who said Chen was in the back room with a large knife. Madeline Buckley,, "Man facing felony charges after he was shot by police in Bridgeport," 14 Mar. 2018 Ellingson was speaking at a hearing in Jefferson City to determine whether Piercy's peace officer's license should be revoked. Laura Bauer, kansascity, "Brandon Ellingson’s father makes emotional plea to bar ex-trooper from working as cop," 27 June 2018 Several of the cyclists this year have been impacted by the loss of a fellow firefighter or peace officer. Vanesa Brashier, Houston Chronicle, "Texas Brotherhood Ride travels through Dayton," 31 May 2018 And Dimitrios Pagourtzis was charged Friday as an adult with capital murder and aggravated assault on a peace officer. Nick Penzenstadler, USA TODAY, "Texas shooting suspect won’t face death penalty, could be paroled," 19 May 2018 Personnel from the Chula Vista Police Department were present during the arrest, and the officer was immediately placed on administrative leave with suspension of peace officer powers. Gary Warth,, "Chula Vista officer investigated for domestic violence," 15 Mar. 2018 State law mandates peace officers receive 40 hours of training every two years. Emilie Eaton, San Antonio Express-News, "Bexar County will review its training policies after shooting death of 6-year-old," 6 Jan. 2018

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English Language Learners Definition of peace officer

law : a police officer or similar official

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Legal Definition of peace officer 

: a civil officer (as a police officer) whose duty it is to preserve the public peace

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