peace officer

noun

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

One man was taken into custody on a peace officer hold after making such statements to an officer. oregonlive.com, "14-year-old crashes car into convenience store under dad’s watch: Forest Grove police log," 8 July 2019 Norris was charged with prohibited use of an electronic communications system to procure a minor/peace officer, a class D felony punishable by one to five years in prison. , Cincinnati Enquirer, Cincinnati.com, "Police: Man sought sex with detective posing as teen," 26 June 2019 Gomez is charged with murder with a special-circumstance allegation of killing a peace officer, attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Hearing in San Diego cop-killing death penalty case set to start Monday," 17 June 2019 Advertising Aranda’s criminal record includes two convictions in 2015 for obstruction of the legal process/interfering with a peace officer, as well as convictions for fifth-degree assault, trespassing and damage to property. Jeff Baenen, The Seattle Times, "Child attack suspect had previous Mall of America arrests," 13 Apr. 2019 Alexander Dunn, 30, was charged with five criminal counts — resisting an officer, causing a public nuisance, two counts of trespassing, and failure to abide by a peace officer’s instructions. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Rapper charged in near-naked freeway stunt that snarled Los Angeles traffic for hours," 10 Jan. 2019 Slayton was booked into Santa Clara County jail on criminal threats, felon in possession of a firearm, evading a peace officer and child endangerment charges. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "San Jose: Domestic violence suspect arrested after chase where he ditched car carrying his kids," 27 June 2019 In addition to capital murder, Sanchez was charged with assault on a peace officer and resisting arrest. Elaine Aradillas, PEOPLE.com, "Boy with 'Contagious Smile' Allegedly Smothered to Death by Mom Who Claimed Demons Made Her Do It," 25 June 2019 In addition to the capital murder charge, jail records show the Dallas County Sheriff's Department has charged her with assault of a peace officer and resisting arrest. Sara Coello, Dallas News, "Irving mom said demons told her to sacrifice 8-year-old son, police say," 24 June 2019

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1649, in the meaning defined above

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peace officer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of peace officer

US, law : a police officer or similar official

peace officer

noun

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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