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.

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The peace officer also had been at the center of a 2000 lawsuit against him and the Department of Consumer Affairs, the medical board’s umbrella agency. Marjie Lundstrom, sacbee, "Sexual harassment settlement didn’t stop these retired California state workers from coming back | The Sacramento Bee," 19 Apr. 2018 Seventeen-year-old Matin Azizi-Yarand was indicted Thursday on charges of making a terroristic threat and soliciting the capital murder of a peace officer. Fox News, "Texas indicts teen accused of planning mass shooting," 28 July 2018 Once located, Bill Rumfield will be booked on aggravated assault with a motor vehicle on a peace officer. Marie Simoneaux, NOLA.com, "Marrero man wanted after trying to hit officer with a car: JPSO," 25 Feb. 2018 The charge was added to others, including willful neglect of duty, misconduct in office, and lying to a peace officer. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doc charged with involuntary manslaughter in Flint crisis wins top health award," 12 Oct. 2018 Estrada was arrested and charged with murdering a peace officer during the course of his duties, committing a murder while lying in wait and committing a murder by discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Suspected cop killer will face death penalty, DA's office says," 24 Aug. 2018 Precinct 4 Deputy Constables arrested Johnny Allen, 20, on Tuesday in Humble for assaulting a peace officer. Houston Chronicle, "Suspect arrests and assaults peace officer," 25 Apr. 2018 Dallas police say Guyger was hired in November 2013 and state law enforcement records show she was appointed as a peace officer in May 2014. Ryan Tarinelli, Fox News, "Lawyer: Firing of officer who killed neighbor is premature," 25 Sep. 2018 Dallas police say Guyger was hired in November 2013 and state law enforcement records show she was appointed as a peace officer in May 2014. Ryan Tarinelli, The Seattle Times, "Lawyer: Firing of officer who killed neighbor is premature," 25 Sep. 2018

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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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