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 So for this story, Olivia Mitchell spoke to Rob Slattery, a former police officer, and a resident of Brooklyn who monitored city government. Laura Johnston, cleveland, 12 May 2022 The arrests came days after John Lee, a former police officer and security chief, was selected as Hong Kong’s next leader on Sunday. Nectar Gan, CNN, 11 May 2022 His friend Steven Dooly, a white former police officer with two Black children, sometimes urged him to speak even more directly on racial justice. New York Times, 9 May 2022 This psychological thriller follows a former police officer turned 9-1-1 operator (Jake Gyllenhaal) and his journey to saving a distressed caller. Melanie Curry, ELLE, 7 May 2022 Nearly two years after violently arresting a 73-year-old woman with dementia, former Colorado police officer Austin Hopp was sentenced to five years in prison on Thursday as part of a plea agreement to lessen his jail time. CBS News, 6 May 2022 Wednesday's incident came less than three months after Kim Potter, a former Brooklyn Center police officer, was sentenced to two years in prison for Daunte Wright's April 11, 2021, shooting death. Chris Harris, PEOPLE.com, 6 May 2022 Kirk Ortiz, a deputy sheriff, and LaTonya Ruffin, a former south suburban police officer. Alice Yin, Chicago Tribune, 4 May 2022 The former Philadelphia police officer who fatally shot a 12-year-old boy in March has been charged with murder, Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner said Monday. NBC News, 2 May 2022 See More

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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 May 2022

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“Police officer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20officer. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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