police force

noun

Definition of police force

: 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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Synonyms for police force

Synonyms

constabulary, finest, force, fuzz, heat [slang], man, police

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Examples of police force in a Sentence

He joined the local police force. mobilized practically the entire police force to track down the escaped criminal

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The final result is about 16 to 17 people to screen through, something that most police forces should be capable of managing. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Chances DNA can be used to find your family? Sixty percent and rising," 11 Oct. 2018 But in the same neighborhoods that experience the most murders, witnesses have gone silent, unable or unwilling to confide in members of a police force viewed as adversaries. Kathleen Frydl, Vox, "Why we should abolish ICE — and the DEA too," 14 Aug. 2018 This is just a fact of life in a country that has a weak police force and a weak state. Recode Staff, Recode, "How India fits into the global economy: It may not be China, but at least it isn’t Russia," 4 Aug. 2018 The two had a falling-out years ago, which led to puppets being banned from the police force altogether. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "The Happytime Murders tests the limits of subverting nostalgia," 24 Aug. 2018 An informal probe at the time found that 47 municipalities and 29 police forces were using the unsecured devices. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "In-vehicle wireless devices are endangering emergency first responders," 9 Aug. 2018 History making Just two years after rioting and rebellion rocked the city, police headquarters was the scene of an incident that further highlighted tensions between the city's black residents and mostly white police force. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's old police HQ: Escapes, vanishing evidence, bird corpses," 9 Mar. 2018 Leadership positions within the workforce could now be occupied by women, especially in the garment industry, but also in the military and police forces. Smithsonian, "How the 1918 Flu Pandemic Helped Advance Women’s Rights," 3 Mar. 2018 The chief protection officer, an inspector with the Metropolitan Police who remains unnamed for security reasons, is retiring from the police force altogether, not just her position guarding the royal family, a source tells BAZAAR.com. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Bodyguard Is Reportedly Stepping Down," 15 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of police force

1820, in the meaning defined above

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police force

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English Language Learners Definition of police force

: the police organization in a particular area

police force

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Legal Definition of police force

: 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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