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 Handorf had worked as a plainclothes investigator, a detective and in the vice squad before he was assigned to District 3, which covers the West Side of Cincinnati. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 7 Dec. 2021 After a couple of years, she was transferred again, to the vice squad. New York Times, 13 Oct. 2021 From 2008 to 2013, the city’s vice squad conducted at least 54 stings at the five spas, making a total of 108 arrests. Washington Post, 3 Apr. 2021 The vice squad that had conducted raids was disbanded in 2015 so that more resources could go toward addressing violent crime, the Atlanta Police said. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 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, 3 Feb. 2021 At one time, she was referred to as a member of the department's vice squad. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 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, 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, 5 Mar. 2020 See More

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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 20 May. 2022.

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