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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His son Luke is a Plantation police officer who was working while Luke’s wife Gidette and their five children were waving American flags in the grandstand in front of City Hall. Wayne K. Roustan, sun-sentinel.com, "Happy Fourth! How South Florida lit up Independence Day," 5 July 2019 Siegel, who was a police officer in New York before moving to San Diego in 1977, worked for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department for 25 years and was an investigator for Cox Communications for 35 years until retiring a few years ago. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Helix Water District honors top Lake Jennings-inspired shutterbugs," 4 July 2019 Similar demonstrations happened in 2015 when a video of a police officer beating up an Israeli Ethiopian soldier surfaced. Catherine Kim, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Trump throws census plans out the window," 4 July 2019 And a member of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s security team, who is also a Chicago police officer, has been charged in a domestic violence case. Lisa Donovan, chicagotribune.com, "The Spin: Casten vs. Cruz over ‘Betsy Ross’ Nike shoes controversy," 3 July 2019 The Inkster police officer was transported from the scene with non-life-threatening injuries. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, "Woman, child killed when car collides with Inkster police SUV," 29 June 2019 Kirk was also a Houston police officer for 20 years, retiring from that career in 1999 to return to St. Pius once again as the head coach and athletics director. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Former St. Pius X player, coach Robin Kirk dies," 24 June 2019 Buttigieg suspended his campaign to return home and received harsh criticism from city residents at the town hall about the officer not turning on his body camera and the mayor’s failure to hire minority police officers. Indianapolis Star, "How Buttigieg's tense town hall might hurt — or help — his campaign," 24 June 2019 But the Mind Flayer could just as easily be lurking within the smarmy new mayor or the creepy police officer who seems to be tracking Hopper—or maybe even Hopper himself. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New Stranger Things S3 trailer teases: What if the Mind Flayer never left?," 21 June 2019

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First Known Use of police officer

1797, in the meaning defined above

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8 Jul 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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