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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Joseph Arthur Branch, 19, of Los Angeles pleaded not guilty Friday to one felony count of resisting an executive officer, one misdemeanor count of participating in a riot and one misdemeanor count of resisting a peace officer, court records show. Julia Sclafani, Daily Pilot, "7 are charged after fight on H.B. beach sent police officer to hospital," 5 Aug. 2019 He was taken into custody on a peace officer hold for his safety, and then transported to jail on the outstanding warrants., "Man in Cookie Monster shirt accused of cookie theft says it was misunderstanding: Forest Grove police log," 31 July 2019 In addition to his previous indictment, prosecutors say Strain has a criminal history of obstruction, contempt of court, trespassing, fleeing a peace officer in a vehicle, and as the possession of explosive devices. Vandana Ravikumar, USA TODAY, "US Marshals capture one of ATF's 'most wanted' fugitives on remote Montana ranch," 7 July 2019 He will be booked into San Mateo County jail on charges of DUI causing injury and evading a peace officer when he is discharged from the hospital. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Redwood City: Police pursuit ends in head-on crash," 2 July 2019 Mason Cree Jones, 27, was arrested just before 5:30 p.m. Thursday and charged with impersonating a peace officer, a Class D felony. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Police say Louisville man impersonated an officer ... to police officers," 23 Apr. 2019 Today’s tours include the prison itself, a museum about peace officers, a gift shop and the old prison cemetery. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Five of the Most Fascinating Prison Museums in America," 23 July 2019 He was charged in Jefferson County with seven counts of assault on a peace officer, one count of felony menacing, one count of disorderly conduct and one count of disobeying a police order. John Aguilar, The Denver Post, "Lakewood police officers cleared of criminal wrongdoing in shooting of knife-wielding man in April," 22 July 2019 Kevin DeCarlo, 23, is facing charges of assault on a peace officer, stemming from a May 2017 incident when Vallejo officers came to arrest him at a home in unincorporated Martinez. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Judge issues warrant after man shot by Vallejo officers fails to appear in court, but records show he’s in jail," 22 July 2019

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First Known Use of peace officer

1649, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of peace officer

US, 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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