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 Cobb was called into the police department and a vice squad officer asked him to explain why there were two sets of the same fingerprints – one for Tony Conte and the other for Gail T. Cobb. Mary Zahn and Bill Janz, Journal Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024 The vice squad arrested Jenkins, booked him and released him. Kai Bird, Washington Post, 9 Nov. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1905, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of vice squad was in 1905

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“Vice squad.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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