police officer


Definition of police officer

: a member of a police force

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Examples of police officer in a Sentence

there were police officers directing traffic around the scene of the accident
Recent Examples on the Web Gregory McMichael had been a Glynn County police officer from 1982 to 1989, and later worked as an investigator in the local prosecutor’s office, before retiring last year. Richard Fausset, New York Times, "Georgia Killing Puts Spotlight on a Police Force’s Troubled History," 8 May 2020 Alexander’s father was a gang squad police officer and wanted to speak to the coach. Mick Mccabe, Detroit Free Press, "Giant in Catholic league basketball coaching community Joe Charnley dies at 69," 7 May 2020 Instead, former Notre Dame long snapper John Shannon is preparing to become a police officer. Tyler James, Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame football: Long snapper pursues law enforcement career," 6 May 2020 The first: No one knew which remote Alaska villages had police officers of any kind. ProPublica, "ProPublica and Local Reporting Partner Anchorage Daily News Win Pulitzer Prizes for National Reporting and Public Service," 4 May 2020 Abdallah, who served as the lead detective on the case, is now a police officer in the Detroit suburb of Harper Woods. NBC News, "Exonerated man freed from prison, now in hotel quarantine: 'I could watch Netflix!'," 26 Apr. 2020 Melissa considers the pair, who were career police officers in Chicago, to be her superheroes. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, "Melissa McCarthy Joined The Property Brothers on ‘Celebrity IOU’ for a Hilarious and Heartwarming Reno," 21 Apr. 2020 Before joining the News as a police reporter in 1966, Clements was a San Antonio police officer. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "Clements led ink-stained troops in newspaper war," 20 Apr. 2020 Walker, a seven-year veteran of the department assigned to the Central Patrol division in downtown Dallas, is the first city police officer to recover from the respiratory illness COVID-19. Cassandra Jaramillo, Dallas News, "First Dallas Police officer recovers from COVID-19 and returns to work," 9 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of police officer

1797, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of police officer was in 1797

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12 May 2020

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“Police officer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20officer. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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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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