shore patrol


Definition of shore patrol

1 : a branch of a navy that exercises guard and police functions — compare military police
2 : 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 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, "Unalaska prepares for visit by 1,000 Navy sailors and Marines," 26 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of shore patrol

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Shore patrol.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2020.

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