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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Recent Examples on the Web 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 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

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First Known Use of vice squad

1905, in the meaning defined above

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“Vice squad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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