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

Baghoomian was arrested on charges of bringing a deadly weapon inside a jail facility and impersonating a peace officer — both felonies, according to the sheriff’s office. Jared Gilmour, sacbee, "Man flashed fake FBI badge to get into LA jail. It didn’t get him in the way he hoped, cops say," 9 Mar. 2018 Officials with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, which licenses peace officers in Texas, were not available Friday. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Austin cop fired for using excessive force during prostitution arrest," 30 Mar. 2018 If convicted of two felony and two misdemeanor counts of lying to a peace officer, the 71-year-old Simon faces up to four years in prison. David Eggert, The Seattle Times, "Ex-MSU president charged with lying to police about Nassar," 20 Nov. 2018 The documents don't specify who allegedly reported Nassar's abuse to Klages, who has been charged with two counts of lying to a peace officer. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Ex-MSU gymnastics coach charged with lying in Larry Nassar case," 24 Aug. 2018 He was charged with aggravated battery causing great harm to a peace officer in a public place, the release said. Deanese Williams-harris,, "Cook County Jail detainee charged after officer was attacked in super-max division," 15 June 2018 Police officers’ body cameras captured the actions of the peace officers, according to a law-enforcement official. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Judge Orders Release of Mother Whose Infant Son Was Grabbed by Officers," 11 Dec. 2018 Horvath, 25, was charged Tuesday with assault on a peace officer, Colorado court records stated, according to the station. Fox News, "Double amputee who climbed Pikes Peak arrested for DUI, assault: report," 18 Aug. 2018 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

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First Known Use of peace officer

1649, in the meaning defined above

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20 May 2019

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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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