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

In total six people were arrested on misdemeanor charges of resisting and delaying a peace officer, and intentionally obstructing business on public property. CBS News, "California Governor Gavin Newsom signs bill limiting vaccine exemptions," 9 Sep. 2019 Troy Dale Rael, 44-year-old Noah Moses Rael and a 17-year-old were being held at the Larimer County jail on allegations of second-degree assault, a felony, and obstruction of a peace officer, a misdemeanor. George Tanner, The Denver Post, "Two men, teen assault Colorado State Park ranger at Boyd Lake State Park," 24 Aug. 2019 Alexander Dunn, 30, is now facing five misdemeanor charges including resisting an officer, trespassing, causing a public nuisance and refusing to abide by a peace officer’s instructions as part of the June 27 incident, Los Angeles City Atty. Hannah Fry,, "Charges filed against aspiring rapper who scaled traffic sign on 110 Freeway," 12 June 2019 Sean Bouvier, 34, of San Jose was charged with two felony counts for eluding a pursuing peace officer causing death of another person and vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, according to the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office. Pete Grieve,, "Man charged after CHP chase leads to fatal crash in San Jose," 20 Aug. 2019 Tuesday, July 23 Male, 23, cited and released on suspicion of driving with a suspended/revoked license, failure to provide financial responsibility to a peace officer, and expired registration at 16th and Main streets. Ramona Sentinel, "Sheriff’s Reports: July 21-27," 29 July 2019 Diaz began his career at the sheriff's office in 2009 as a detention officer, and was most recently assigned to patrol in the Crossroads Park subdivision after graduating from the sheriff's office's basic peace officer's course last year. Houston Chronicle, "Medical examiner rules on cause of death after deputy collapses," 9 July 2019 He was being held Thursday, April 25, at the Vista Detention Center in lieu of $150,000 bail on suspicion of two felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a peace officer causing great bodily injury and felony evading. Karen Kucher And Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2 CHP officers injured when hit by suspect’s car in Solana Beach," 25 Apr. 2019 He’s been charged with capital murder and aggravated assault on a peace officer. Rick Jervis, USA TODAY, "'We're not protecting our children': Santa Fe shooting survivors demand answers, independent review," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of peace officer

1649, in the meaning defined above

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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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