police officer


: a member of a police force

Examples of police officer in a Sentence

there were police officers directing traffic around the scene of the accident
Recent Examples on the Web Authorities deployed armed guards in many cities as a show of force and police officers were seen chasing protesters in the northern city of Lahijan. Rallies commemorating Amini’s death were held in other cities around the world like Paris, Brussels and Berlin. Heather Law, CNN, 17 Sep. 2023 The father of Michael Brown Jr., the teen killed by a police officer in Missouri in 2014, spoke in Huntsville on Friday night at a screening of Ferguson Rises, a film that details the aftermath of the shooting. Kayode Crown | Kcrown@al.com, al, 17 Sep. 2023 Several progressive aldermen and activists have joined a growing list of critics calling for the Chicago City Council to reject an arbitrator’s ruling that would allow Chicago police officers accused of serious misconduct to have their disciplinary cases decided behind closed doors. Sam Charles, Chicago Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 Special police officer Maurica Manyan, a D.C. mother, was killed by a police lieutenant last year after a training session, and surveillance footage capturing the incident has finally been released to the public. Rayna Reid Rayford, Essence, 16 Sep. 2023 Months passed without a sign of the missing woman and then, in December 2010, near Gilgo Beach, a police officer and his K-9, Blue, found human remains. Morgan Canty, CBS News, 16 Sep. 2023 It was previously called the Citizen Review Board, but it was overhauled and granted more power after an off-duty Dallas police officer still in uniform murdered Botham Jean in 2018. Kelli Smith, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2023 In the chaos that followed, an off-duty police officer working security shot and critically wounded a 42-year-old man in the chest. Corky Siemaszko, NBC News, 15 Sep. 2023 This video is currently not available A former Pentagon police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to two counts of second-degree murder in the 2021 fatal shootings of two people who were in a car driving away from him in a dark parking lot outside his Maryland condo building. Dan Morse, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1797, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of police officer was in 1797

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“Police officer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20officer. Accessed 21 Sep. 2023.

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police officer

: a member of a police force

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