police officer


Definition of police officer 

: a member of a police force

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Synonyms for police officer


cop, copper, lawman, officer, policeman

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Examples of police officer in a Sentence

there were police officers directing traffic around the scene of the accident

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But before Connor's resignation Wednesday, a lawyer for the union representing police officers at the agency reminded people not to pass judgment before the conclusion of the investigation into Connor's conduct, according to the Chicago Tribune. Samantha Schmidt, latimes.com, "Officer resigns after video shows he watched as woman was harassed for wearing Puerto Rico shirt," 12 July 2018 Disbro was arrested on suspicion of impersonating a police officer and booked into a Maricopa County jail. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "DPS: Man impersonating officer arrested after attempting to pull over troopers," 12 July 2018 City prosecutors dropped criminal charges against former adult-film star Stephanie Clifford, who was arrested hours earlier for allegedly touching three undercover police officers during a performance at a Columbus, Ohio, strip club. Rebecca Ballhaus, WSJ, "Columbus Prosecutors Drop Charges Against Stormy Daniels," 12 July 2018 Hart had gained fame when a picture of him hugging a white police officer during a protest went viral. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018 Prosecutors charged six police officers for Gray’s death but abandoned the case after three were acquitted. Brad Heath, USA TODAY, "Baltimore police stopped noticing crime after Freddie Gray's death. A wave of killings followed.," 12 July 2018 Jurors indicted a Baltimore police officer on first-degree assault and misconduct in office for a 2016 incident near the War Memorial, according to court filings released Tuesday by the state’s attorney’s office. Yvonne Wenger, baltimoresun.com, "Indictment reveals new details on alleged assault by Baltimore officer," 10 July 2018 Authorities placed an Illinois police officer on desk duty Monday night after video surfaced of him standing idly by as a man harassed a woman wearing a shirt with the Puerto Rican flag. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Man caught on video harassing woman for wearing Puerto Rico T-shirt at park," 10 July 2018 One had been convicted of assaulting a police officer and evading officers. Nomaan Merchant, Cincinnati.com, "Hunger, fear, desperation: What came of an ordinary ICE raid in Covington," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of police officer

1797, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of police officer

: a person whose job is to enforce laws, investigate crimes, and make arrests : a member of the police

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: a member of a police force

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