police force

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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

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

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First Known Use of police force

1820

police force Synonyms

Synonyms
constabulary, finest, force, fuzz, heat [slang], man, police
Related Words
bluecoat, bobby [British], bull [slang], constable, cop, copper, gendarme, officer, peeler [British], policeman, police officer, policewoman, shamus [slang], trooper

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


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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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