vice squad


Definition of vice squad

: a police squad charged with enforcement of laws concerning gambling, pornography, prostitution, and the illegal use of liquor and narcotics

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The officers worked in units based in Queens and Brooklyn, including a vice squad investigating prostitution in South Brooklyn, an official said. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "Seven NYPD Officers Arrested for Alleged Roles in a Prostitution and Gambling Ring," 12 Sep. 2018 Well enough to trade in her undercover work in the vice squad for scuba gear and a 50-pound vest. CBS News, "Profiles in Service: Meet the NYPD's only female counter-sniper," 2 July 2018 Police raided William Scott’s club twice in 1966 and again in June 1967, when the vice squad arrested 28 people on misdemeanors. Detroit Free Press, "He helped start 1967 Detroit riot, now his son struggles with the legacy," 15 May 2018 This photo ran on April 1, 1974, as Kansas City, Kan., police vice squad Capt. kansascity, "Bribery and prostitution charges in Kansas City, Kan. | The Kansas City Star," 15 May 2018 In Libya, Salafist Madkhalis used armed vice squads and alliances with warlords. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "How Tunisia's resilient Sufis have withstood hard-line Islamist attack," 8 Mar. 2018 To accomplish this, the vice squad got 25 new officers, doubling in size. Emma Whitford, The Cut, "When Walking While Trans Is a Crime," 31 Jan. 2018 But the continuous arrests of trans women highlight one major shortcoming of a plan that empowers the vice squad, advocates for trans rights argue. Emma Whitford, The Cut, "When Walking While Trans Is a Crime," 31 Jan. 2018 Twenty years on the force, including undercover in the vice squad, busting massage parlors—a story that never fails to get a smile. Jessica Pressler, Town & Country, "Meet Herman Weisberg, the Mistress Whisperer Who Handles Affairs Gone Wrong," 10 Jan. 2018

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1905, in the meaning defined above

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