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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Colorado law protects the public’s right to photograph peace officer actions. Washington Post, "Colorado journalist says she was detained for taking photos," 6 July 2018 The 2018-19 budget allocates $1.5 billion to the park system, up from $846 million last year, and creates 54 new peace officer positions statewide. J. Harry Jones,, "Only 4 rangers patrolling 1,000-square-mile Anza-Borrego desert," 17 June 2018 That claim was made to a detention officer, not to a peace officer. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "Woman whose sex assault claim against Texas trooper were discredited won't face added charges, DA says," 25 May 2018 Neil Gallucci, second vice president of the state peace officers group, said Sessions' opinion was important to understand as the federal lawsuit had the potential to change California laws. Liam Dillon,, "California leaders rebuke Sessions as 'going to war' over state immigration policy," 7 Mar. 2018 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

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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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