secret police


Definition of secret police

: a police organization operating for the most part in secrecy and especially for the political purposes of its government often with terroristic methods

Examples of secret police in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Stasi, one of the most powerful secret police forces on Earth, was primed to crush any efforts to flee the East and had mastered infiltrating every layer of society: neighbors informed on neighbors, parents on children, wives on husbands. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2021 At least one Republican has compared the orders to the Gestapo, the secret police force of Nazi Germany. Andrew Solender, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 Between 1936 and 1938, Stalin’s infamous secret police agency, the NKVD, waged a ruthless campaign of terror against high-ranking Communist Party officials and ordinary citizens alike. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Sep. 2021 Other mass graves have been found in the region previously: Between 1937 and 1941, for instance, Stalin’s secret police buried tens of thousands in Bykivnia, a village on the outskirts of Kiev. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Sep. 2021 William Hart, Detroit’s first Black police chief, went to prison for embezzling $2.3 million from a secret police anti-drug fund. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 27 Aug. 2021 Oluwaseyi Adetayo, a security expert and former officer of the Nigerian secret police Department of State Services, says the bandits have found it far too lucrative to abduct children. Chinedu Asadu, ajc, 2 Sep. 2021 Pahlavi employed secret police to torture and execute people and stifle dissent. Amir Vahdat, USA TODAY, 5 Aug. 2021 The police and secret police were a separate arm of the state answering only to the former dictator, Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, who used security services to cement his grip on power, eliminate political rivals, and intimidate critics. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 July 2021

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First Known Use of secret police

1823, in the meaning defined above

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“Secret police.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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