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 Lyde said Green is in the process of being transported back to Clay County and will be charged with assault on a peace officer. Tom Steele, Dallas News, 18 Aug. 2021 The prosecutor explained why his office had not sought to file charges in the vast majority of protest arrests, most of them low-level offenses like interfering with a peace officer, disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing. oregonlive, 22 July 2021 Smith was charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a peace officer, three counts of drive-by shooting, burglary, misconduct involving weapons, and three counts of endangerment, court documents said. Michael Donohue, The Arizona Republic, 24 July 2021 The sergeant said deputies took the man into custody on suspicion of assault on a peace officer, negligent discharge of a firearm and being under the influence while armed. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 July 2021 Former District Attorney George Gascón charged Moore with various crimes including assault on a peace officer, but a judge later dismissed most of the case due to a lack of sufficient evidence. Megan Cassidy, San Francisco Chronicle, 29 June 2021 Villanueva said one of the deputies has been relieved of duty and his peace officer powers have been suspended, pending the outcome of an investigation. Chris Boyette, CNN, 31 July 2021 These people were dressed in neither sheriff nor peace officer uniforms. Amy Forliti And Mohamed Ibrahim, USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 Cris Quilemboqui, 27, of the 700 block of West Galena Boulevard, Aurora, was arrested on a warrant and charges of retail theft and resisting a peace officer at 1:13 p.m. June 24 in the 2500 block of West 75th Street. Steve Metsch,, 6 July 2021

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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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7 Sep 2021

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“Peace officer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of peace officer

: 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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