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 On Wednesday, the Contra Costa District Attorney’s Office charged Rodriguez Jalapa with two counts of drunken driving and one count of threatening a peace officer. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 10 Apr. 2024 They are considered peace officers in the course of their duties, and are tasked with serving paperwork, such as warrants, writs and notices, on behalf of their courts. Sasha Hupka, The Arizona Republic, 8 Apr. 2024 The suspects faced charges of false imprisonment, refusing to comply with a peace officer, unlawful public assembly, refusing to disperse and obstruction of a street, sidewalk or other place open to the public. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 15 Mar. 2024 He was arrested on suspicion of threatening harm against peace officers, a felony, and of a misdemeanor DUI charge. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, 23 Feb. 2024 The suspect, who police said threw a metal object that slashed the 2-year-old dog’s snout, was arrested on suspicion of burglary and injuring a peace officer’s animal. Brittny Mejia, Los Angeles Times, 26 Dec. 2023 That teen has been charged with impersonating a peace officer and other felonies. Jolene Almendarez, The Enquirer, 13 Mar. 2024 The car resembled a law enforcement vehicle, leading deputies to be concerned that the suspect may have tried to impersonate a peace officer. Ishani Desai, Sacramento Bee, 26 Feb. 2024 The man was booked on suspicion of peeping and obstructing/resisting a peace officer. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Feb. 2024

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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 19 May. 2024.

Legal Definition

peace officer

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

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