police force

noun

Definition of police force

  1. :  a body of trained officers entrusted by a government with maintenance of public peace and order, enforcement of laws, and prevention and detection of crime

Examples of police force in a Sentence

  1. He joined the local police force.

  2. mobilized practically the entire police force to track down the escaped criminal

First Known Use of police force

1820


POLICE FORCE Defined for English Language Learners

police force

noun

Definition of police force for English Language Learners

  • : the police organization in a particular area


Law Dictionary

police force

noun

Legal Definition of police force

  1. :  a body of trained officers entrusted by a government with maintenance of public peace and order, enforcement of laws, and prevention and detection of crime


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