peace officer


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

Example Sentences

He was arrested for assaulting a peace officer.
Recent Examples on the Web Santana Ledeau is charged with two counts of robbery, two counts of assault on a peace officer and one count of criminal endangerment. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 20 Oct. 2022 Ronnie Henderson, 46, of the 1400 block of South Tripp Avenue, Chicago, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, obstructing justice, resisting a peace officer and driving without insurance at 2:42 p.m. Oct. 22. Graydon Megan, Chicago Tribune, 31 Oct. 2022 At the time of the shooting, Rodriguez was awaiting trial in juvenile court for charges relating to an assault against a peace officer. Jordan Miller, The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 Oct. 2022 The speeches emphasized duty, courage and being humble in the face of the weighty responsibility of being a peace officer. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 4 Feb. 2022 If convicted, Hall — who is currently on administrative leave while facing a civil lawsuit for the shooting death of 32-year-old Tyrell Wilson last month — could be incarcerated for up to 22 years and prohibited from being a peace officer again. Winston Gieseke, USA TODAY, 22 Apr. 2021 Lawson is a former deputy in Fulton County and remains a certified peace officer, the announcement said. Henri Hollis, ajc, 25 Mar. 2021 Police charged Cantu with evading detention with a vehicle and assault on a peace officer. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 7 Oct. 2022 Donald Patrick, 47, of Waukegan, was charged with five counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer and three counts of burglary in the attack Monday at the facility in Homan Square on Chicago’s West Side. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1649, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of peace officer was in 1649

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Cite this Entry

“Peace officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

Legal Definition

peace officer


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

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