police officer


Definition of police officer

: a member of a police force

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Synonyms for police officer


bobby [British], bull [slang], constable [chiefly British], cop, copper, flatfoot [slang], fuzz, gendarme, lawman, officer, policeman, shamus [slang]

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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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Rather than being employed by the palace, protection officers are police officers who specifically apply to work for the royal family. Annabelle Spranklen, Town & Country, "What It's Really Like to Work for the Royal Family," 6 Apr. 2019 In America, your children go through school shooting drills; in New Zealand, parents in Christchurch this week have had to explain to their children why the usually unarmed police officers are carrying assault rifles. Zac Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Zealand Banned Guns After Thoughts and Prayers. Why Can’t America?," 23 Mar. 2019 Roberson’s family noted that Jemel’s desire to become a police officer added to the tragedy of his death. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later," 23 Jan. 2019 And at a fraction of the previous price, it can be carried by every police officer, firefighter, EMT, and other emergency-service personnel in a city. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, "This Tiny Device Can Detect Nuclear Armageddon," 25 Apr. 2019 Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman, meanwhile, traces the rise of white supremacy mostly through a story about two police officers, one black and one Jewish, who infiltrate a Ku Klux Klan chapter in 1970s Colorado Springs. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "3 winners and 2 losers from the 2019 Golden Globes nominations," 6 Dec. 2018 Ten people, including three police officers, were killed. Ehsanullah Amiri, WSJ, "Large-Scale Assault Hits Afghan Capital After Relative Lull, 10 Dead," 20 Apr. 2019 In December 2014, after a Ferguson, Missouri, grand jury refused to indict a white police officer who had killed a black teen, the family appeared at a Black Lives Matter protest in Portland. Lauren Smiley, Glamour, "Two White Moms. Six Black Kids. One Unthinkable Tragedy. A Look Inside the ‘Perfect’ Hart Family," 6 Sep. 2018 Boyce’s draft budget for next year includes hiring more police officers and bringing back Sunday library hours. Christina Maxouris, ajc, "A full house for Cobb chairman’s final tax town hall," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of police officer

1797, in the meaning defined above

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27 May 2019

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The first known use of police officer was in 1797

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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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Kids Definition of police officer

: a member of a police force

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