squad car


Definition of squad car 

: a police automobile connected with headquarters by a two-way radio

called also black-and-white, cruiser, prowl car

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Activities will include a bounce house, music from a DJ, games and a chance to sit in some of the squad cars. David Sharos, Aurora Beacon-News, "North Aurora police to hold annual open house, picnic," 10 July 2018 Police said officers in the squad car had run the Jeep’s license plate and were about to pull it over for a registration plate discrepancy when Hussain sped away. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "Lincolnwood man charged with murder in River North crash," 23 June 2018 Officers planned to drive Campbell to the campus police station, but student protesters and community members surrounded the squad car where he was being held. Ryan Smith, Chicago Reader, "Loyola clears campus police of using excessive force against students of color in viral video," 21 June 2018 The officers’ squad car was the only vehicle involved in the crash, authorities said. Elizabeth Zwirz, Fox News, "Milwaukee police officer killed, another injured in squad car crash," 7 June 2018 The squad car didn't have a child's car seat, but at least the police used a seat belt. Andrew Theen, OregonLive.com, "That baby you saw on I-205? It was a child's doll," 24 May 2018 No serious injuries were reported and the drivers of the vehicles that struck the squad cars were cited. Frank Vaisvilas is a freelance reporter for the Daily Southtown. Frank Vaisvilas, Daily Southtown, "3 Cook County police vehicles damaged in Oak Forest crashes," 13 May 2018 Simmons is expected to testify about the gun battle in the cul de sac Bracamontes drove into in the squad car where Davis was shot. Sam Stanton, sacbee, "‘A low, crisp crackling.’ Suspect grins as officers recall gun battle," 23 Jan. 2018 The man looked at the empty back seat of the squad car being presented to him. Ben Austen, The New Republic, "How one American city chose to tackle crime, combat racism, and reckon with the legacy of police brutality," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of squad car

1938, in the meaning defined above

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