police force


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 problems come as JCPS eyes several big-ticket items for the coming school year, including $1.8 million to create a teacher residency program, $2.4 million for a school police force and $7.5 million in facilities improvements. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "JCPS budget walloped by COVID-19 economic downturn to the tune of $23 million," 12 May 2020 Both make it to Paris, where Ivana joins the police force and is celebrated for her wisdom, beauty and commitment. Justin Torres, New York Times, "2 Novels by ‘Alternative Nobel’ Winner Take On Power and Its Abuses," 5 May 2020 The incident prompted outrage over the use of police force and raised questions about their role in enforcing social distancing measures. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Video shows NYPD officer tackling and punching a man who approached during a social distancing arrest," 4 May 2020 An independent monitor still oversees the police force, and crime continues to be the top concern in the city. Peter Hermann, Washington Post, "Five years after Freddie Gray, Baltimore continues to struggle," 26 Apr. 2020 The country’s police force and military have been called in to enforce the order. Faris Mokhtar, Bloomberg.com, "Asia Tries to Fight a Second Wave of Virus Cases Sparked by Travelers," 19 Mar. 2020 While various opposition politicians, including Alexei Navalny, tried to turn the protests into a sustained movement against the Kremlin, the use of police force and court cases against protesters helped snuff out opposition for now. Thomas Grove, WSJ, "Russia’s Rise on the Global Stage," 19 Jan. 2020 Officer Dennis Barnette is a 16-year veteran of the police force and, according to court documents, had no prior discipline on his record. Cincinnati.com, "Arbitrator: Second officer unfairly suspended for use of racial slur, is due back pay," 10 Dec. 2019 Women account for a mere 7% of its police force and only 28% of the lower judiciary, according to the India Justice Report 2019, the first-ever state-wise ranking of the police, judiciary, prison, and legal aid systems. Manavi Kapur, Quartz India, "Some Indian states will take over 200 years to make a third of their police forces female," 7 Nov. 2019

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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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25 May 2020

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“Police force.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20force. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of police force

: the police organization in a particular area

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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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