shore patrol


: a branch of a navy that exercises guard and police functions compare military police
: petty officers detailed to perform police duty while a ship is in port

Examples of shore patrol in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web City police, augmented by Navy shore patrols and members of the military police, were called in to break up the vigilante groups. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 June 2023 An extra 1,000 people in town presents challenges to the local police department, and Lucking expects the Navy will help out by allowing shore patrol officers to ride in the department’s patrol vehicles. Author: Jim Paulin, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of shore patrol was in 1917

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“Shore patrol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

shore patrol

: a branch of a navy with guard and police functions
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