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 Rusten Sheskey, the police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, who shot Jacob Blake in August will not be criminally charged, Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced Tuesday. Ashley Shaffer, USA TODAY, "Winner takes all," 5 Jan. 2021 This possible legislation came in response to public protests in Detroit and across the country after a police officer in Minneapolis knelt on the neck of George Floyd, killing him. Dave Boucher, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan lawmaker blasts FBI after staffer questioned about tear gas bill," 4 Jan. 2021 Jacob Blake, who was shot by a police officer in Kenosha in August, grew up in Evanston as part of a family with deep ties to local community activism. Genevieve Bookwalter, chicagotribune.com, "Evanston year in Review: Robert Crown Center opens, death of Hecky Powell, new city manager," 29 Dec. 2020 Boudin announced the manslaughter and other charges against Samayoa on Nov. 23, then two weeks later announced that a grand jury had indicted another, current San Francisco police officer in another use-of-force case. Megan Cassidy, SFChronicle.com, "Ex-SFPD cop pleads not guilty to manslaughter in fatal shooting case," 28 Dec. 2020 Feast, 22, was fatally shot on Dec. 9 when a police officer in La Marque — a city about 40 miles southeast of Houston — was attempting to arrest him on outstanding warrants, the La Marque Police Department said. Doha Madani, NBC News, "Body camera video released in fatal Texas police shooting of Joshua Feast," 22 Dec. 2020 Others lambasted Renaud for allowing people to break into stores and steal merchandise without a police officer in sight. Los Angeles Times, "Santa Monica politics upended by pandemic, George Floyd protests and economic woes," 20 Dec. 2020 One team wore shirts with seven bullet holes in the back, a testament to the number of times Jacob Blake was shot in the back by a police officer in Wisconsin. Nicquel Terry Ellis, CNN, "Popular culture made it impossible to ignore America's reckoning with racism in 2020," 18 Dec. 2020 The records show Womack was arrested by a police officer in the town of Tyrone, Oklahoma, less than five miles south of the Kansas state line. CBS News, "Disturbing video shows deputy "intentionally" running over Black man, lawsuit claims," 18 Dec. 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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15 Jan 2021

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“Police officer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20officer. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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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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