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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Her posts came during protests over the June 19 shooting death of 17-year-old Antwon Rose Jr. by a white police officer in East Pittsburgh. CBS News, "City seeks mayor's removal over comments suggesting protesters be hit with water cannons," 11 July 2018 On June 17, two residents were attacked by a fox that was later killed by a police officer. Brett Molina, ajc, "95-year-old Maine man kills rabid fox with broken wooden plank," 2 July 2018 On June 17, two residents were attacked by a fox that was later killed by a police officer. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "95-year-old Maine man kills rabid fox with broken wooden plank he was carrying," 2 July 2018 Newulis is allowed one trip to the residence accompanied by a police officer to obtain personal items, according to online court records. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brookfield man faces charges after pointing gun at his neighbor; scores of weapons found in his home, records show," 27 June 2018 Galveston County authorities on Tuesday confirmed that an 18-year old man shot and killed by a Galveston city police officer was running from a traffic stop. Nick Powell, Houston Chronicle, "Teen suspect was running from Galveston police after traffic stop when shot, sheriff says," 26 June 2018 Her two lives are completely changed, however, after her friend Khalil (Algee Smith) is shot dead by a police officer. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "The Hate U Give Trailer Is The Most Intense Thing You'll Watch All Day," 25 June 2018 Her world changes, though, when her friend Khalil is shot by a white police officer after they're pulled over one evening. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The First Trailer For The Hate U Give Is Here, and It's Powerful," 25 June 2018 Two firearms were also recovered from the vehicle stopped by the police officer. Chris Irvine, Fox News, "Cop who fatally shot unarmed 17-year-old boy was sworn in just 90 minutes before, police sources say," 22 June 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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