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

Examples of vice squad in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Former vice squad officer Andrew Mitchell was charged in state court in 2019 with fatally shooting a woman during a 2018 undercover prostitution investigation. Farnoush Amiri And Andrew Welsh-huggins, Star Tribune, "Ohio police officer charged with murder in Andre Hill death," 3 Feb. 2021 At one time, she was referred to as a member of the department's vice squad. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, "Cincinnati police officer accused of outing undercover officer pleads to tax charges," 2 Nov. 2020 Carolen Bailey, who took down criminals and gender barriers during a 36-year law enforcement career that began in 1961 and included stints as a homicide investigator and vice squad commander. Curt Brown, Star Tribune, "Pioneering St. Paul police lieutenant took down crooks, gender walls," 22 Aug. 2020 Although press releases and much of the media coverage of the series has stated Adelstein was embedded in Tokyo vice squad to root out corruption, he was never embedded and hasn't claimed to be. Gavin J. Blair, The Hollywood Reporter, "Rinko Kikuchi to Star in Michael Mann's HBO Max Series ‘Tokyo Vice’ (Exclusive)," 5 Mar. 2020 Within the parameters set by the vice squads, Tehran’s dominant culture was defiantly secular. The Economist, "Trapped in Iran," 28 Jan. 2020 Problems with the unit included accusations that Andrew Mitchell, a former vice squad officer, fatally shot a woman in August 2018 who was sitting in his unmarked police vehicle in what Mitchell says was an act of self-defense. San Diego Union-Tribune, "City to pay Stormy Daniels $450,000 over strip club arrest," 27 Sep. 2019 The Phoenix Police Department still has a vice squad, which now focuses primarily on human trafficking issues. Kyra Haas, azcentral, "Phoenix's LGBTQ spaces faced raids 'policing morals' of city. The Stonewall riots helped change that," 28 June 2019 But Deputy Inspector Seymour Pine, commander of the New York Police Department's vice squad, would not back down. Emanuella Grinberg, CNN, "How the Stonewall riots inspired today's Pride celebrations," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of vice squad

1905, in the meaning defined above

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16 Feb 2021

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“Vice squad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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