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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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
Recent Examples on the Web The move comes nearly a year after the U.S. Department of Justice launched a widespread probe into the police force in Phoenix to examine whether officers have been using excessive force and abusing people experiencing homelessness. Terry Tang, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 The move comes nearly a year after the U.S. Department of Justice launched a widespread probe into the police force in Phoenix to examine whether officers have been using excessive force and abusing people experiencing homelessness. Terry Tang, Anchorage Daily News, 8 July 2022 For example, Andriy Andriychuk, who joined the police force in the region west of Kyiv two years ago, said his work previously involved investigating local disputes or livestock theft. New York Times, 3 July 2022 Department officials say their latest class of several-dozen seasonal recruits will be ready, imbued with full police powers and a fraction of the training permanent officers receive — something no other police force in the country does. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, 28 May 2022 The nation’s second-largest school system, Los Angeles Unified, has had the second-largest police force in the country, but it was always spread thin on a school-by-school basis. Howard Blumestaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2022 Your colleague Karen Bass, running for mayor of Los Angeles, trying to increase the police force in L.A. ABC News, 13 Feb. 2022 Without a police force of its own and relying on national authorities to carry out arrests, getting suspects to The Hague has been a problem from the outset and is likely to remain a critical stumbling block to meting out justice. Mike Corder, BostonGlobe.com, 1 July 2022 Without a police force of its own and relying on national authorities to carry out arrests, getting suspects to The Hague has been a problem from the outset and is likely to remain a critical stumbling block to meting out justice. Mike Corder, ajc, 1 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of police force

1820, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of police force was in 1820

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6 Aug 2022

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“Police force.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20force. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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police force

noun

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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