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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Synonyms for police force


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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Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Police Chief Danielle Outlaw on Tuesday sent separate memos to the police force, reassuring officers of their support in the wake of criticism after violence broke out at the latest downtown protest. oregonlive.com, "Portland’s mayor, police chief send messages of support to officers in wake of criticism following Saturday’s protests," 2 July 2019 After being criticised for using excessive force, including rubber bullets, on protesters on June 12th, Hong Kong’s police force had become more passive. The Economist, "Hong Kong protesters storm the legislative council," 30 June 2019 Tribes have lacked authority to establish police forces since the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act took effect, Reuters reported. Fox News, "Alaska to receive $10M from Justice Department to combat violent crime, AG Barr says," 30 June 2019 The killing of McCoy has put a spotlight on Vallejo police shootings, and came in the wake of other controversies involving the police force. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Family of rapper Willie McCoy, fatally shot by Vallejo officers, sues city," 27 June 2019 Corona was also new to the Davis police force, having finished the academy last summer and field training in December. Colleen Shalby, latimes.com, "Sacramento Officer Tara O’Sullivan was gunned down during a domestic disturbance call. Her death sent the region into mourning," 20 June 2019 The City Attorney’s Office reiterated that position Friday, insisting those issues were the reason for seeking the delay of the release of the 35-page decision reinstating Shepherd to the police force. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Seattle, police union delayed release of ruling to reinstate fired officer until after labor contract was approved," 14 Jan. 2019 According to CBS News, Rosfeld was a recent addition to the police force in East Pittsburgh. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "The Cop Who Killed Antwon Rose Has Been Charged with Criminal Homicide," 27 June 2018 More than 1,000 State Police cruisers will be tracked through a GPS system, allowing top brass to more effectively deploy troopers and keep tabs on them, officials announced Wednesday as part of a slate of reforms to the beleaguered police force. Matt Rocheleau, BostonGlobe.com, "State Police to activate GPS in cruisers, restructure staff," 2 May 2018

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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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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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