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police

  

      n  
1   
a    often preceded by: the   the organized civil force of a state, concerned with maintenance of law and order, the detection and prevention of crime, etc.  
b    (as modifier)  
a police inquiry     
2    functioning as pl   the members of such a force collectively  
3    any organized body with a similar function  
security police     
4    Archaic  
a    the regulation and control of a community, esp. in regard to the enforcement of law, the prevention of crime, etc.  
b    the department of government concerned with this  
      vb   tr  
5    to regulate, control, or keep in order by means of a police or similar force  
6    to observe or record the activity or enforcement of  
a committee was set up to police the new agreement on picketing     
7      (U.S.)   to make or keep (a military camp, etc.) clean and orderly  
     (C16: via French from Latin politia administration, government; see polity)  


International Criminal Police Organization  
      n      See       Interpol  
kitchen police  
      pl n     (U.S.)   soldiers who have been detailed to work in the kitchen, esp. as a punishment,   (Abbrev.)    KP  
military police  
      n   a corps within an army that performs police and disciplinary duties  
  military policeman      n  
police court  
      n  
1       another name for       magistrates' court  
2    (in Scotland, formerly) a burgh court with limited jurisdiction, presided over by lay magistrates or a stipendiary magistrate: replaced in 1975 by the district court  
police dog  
      n   a dog, often an Alsatian, trained to help the police, as in tracking  
Police Motu  
      n   a pidginized version of the Motu language, used as a lingua franca in Papua, originally chiefly by the police,   (Also called)    Hiri Motu  
police officer  
      n   a member of a police force, esp. a constable; policeman,   (Often (esp. as form of address) shortened to)    officer  
police procedural  
      n   a novel, film, or television drama that deals realistically with police work  
police state  
      n   a state or country in which a repressive government maintains control through the police  
police station  
      n   the office or headquarters of the police force of a district  
police wagon  
      n     (U.S)      another term for       patrol wagon  
Royal Canadian Mounted Police  
      n   the federal police force of Canada,   (Abbrev)    RCMP  
secret police  
      n   a police force that operates relatively secretly to check subversion or political dissent  
thought police  
      n   a group of people with totalitarian views on a given subject, who constantly monitor others for any deviation from prescribed thinking  
     (C20: from the Thought Police described by George Orwell in his novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949))  
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slang: Police Officers
n.
police van in which prisoners are transported from the police stations to the jails
slang term
n.
Forensic is used to describe the work of scientists who examine evidence in order to help the police solve crimes.
n.
police crowd management technique that consists of herding people into a compact group. AKA corralling
n.
verification conducted by police to find out if a person has a criminal record or not.
Usually requested by an individual for new employment, citizenship applications, name changes, etc.

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