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 Loehmann was fired in 2017 for lying on his job application to join the Cleveland police force, an internal affairs investigation found. Washington Post, "Police union wants to help ex-cop who shot Tamir Rice get his job back," 28 Apr. 2021 The agency is a collections company, police force, law firm, financial institution, call center and high-security information-technology shop rolled into one. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Biden’s Big Agenda Relies on a Shrunken, Strained Agency: The IRS," 20 Apr. 2021 The judge’s decision sets aside Horne’s wrongful termination from the Buffalo police force, which means Horne will be awarded her back pay and has been given her pension credit, her attorneys said in a statement this week. Annie Sweeney, chicagotribune.com, "With Chicago help, Buffalo officer earns court win in claim she was fired for stopping another cop from using chokehold," 14 Apr. 2021 The commander of Mexico City’s investigative police force, Esteban Roble Espinosa, is killed outside his home. Cnn Editorial Research, CNN, "Mexico Drug War Fast Facts," 12 Apr. 2021 The nation’s oldest police force, which has a history of trying to keep misconduct in the ranks secret, has refused Globe requests since October to release records from Rose’s internal affairs file. BostonGlobe.com, "For years, the Boston Police kept a secret: the union president was an alleged child molester," 10 Apr. 2021 Incensed, Ashraf created an Instagram account, named it Assault Police (i.e., a police force against assault), and listed some of the numerous allegations against Zaki. Ursula Lindsey, The New York Review of Books, "Me Too in Egypt & Morocco," 23 Mar. 2021 Among six new East Hartford police officers to be sworn in Monday, four come from the Hartford police force, likely drawn across the river in part by a more attractive benefits package. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "East Hartford hires four police officers away from Hartford PD, two more from other departments," 13 Mar. 2021 Last week, department officials announced that the city's police force, which had 877 officers at the start of last year, was down to 638. Libor Jany, Star Tribune, "Minneapolis violent crimes soared in 2020 amid pandemic, protests," 6 Feb. 2021

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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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2 May 2021

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“Police force.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20force. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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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