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 Three out of four protesters arrested at Portland protests since May 28 have been charged with interfering with a peace officer. oregonlive, "Arrest of notable Oregon political figure for ‘interfering’ with Portland police calls new attention to the nebulous nature of that crime," 10 Sep. 2020 The teenager has already been charged with second-degree assault of a peace officer. Fox News, "Lincoln officer dead 2 weeks after shooting; 17-year-old may face murder charge," 8 Sep. 2020 Most of those arrested were arrested on suspicion of interfering with a peace officer or disorderly conduct, police said. CBS News, "27 arrested as Portland protests reach 100 consecutive days this weekend," 5 Sep. 2020 Most of those arrested were arrested on suspicion of interfering with a peace officer or disorderly conduct, police said., "27 Arrested as Portland Protests Reach 100 Consecutive Days," 5 Sep. 2020 Portland police declared a riot and made 19 arrests on misdemeanor charges including disorderly conduct and interfering with a peace officer. Jim Carlton, WSJ, "Protesters Try a New Tactic This Summer: Go to the Mayor’s Home," 5 Sep. 2020 The charge of a peace officer filing a false report accuses Stevenson of filing a report with the Probation Department about the commission and investigation of crime, and then making a false statement about some portion of it. Greg Moran, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego DA charges ex-Probation Officer with evidence tampering," 2 Sep. 2020 He was charged with disorderly conduct, reckless conduct, and battery of a peace officer. Emma Colton, Washington Examiner, "Dunkin' employee fired and arrested after police officer finds 'large, thick piece of mucus' in coffee," 3 Aug. 2020 Most of those arrested were accused of charges including disorderly conduct, interfering with a peace officer, trespassing and resisting arrest. oregonlive, "Opposing protests flare in Gresham on 91st night of demonstrations Wednesday (live updates)," 27 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of peace officer

1649, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of peace officer was in 1649

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18 Sep 2020

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“Peace officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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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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