Definition of chief police officer in English:

chief police officer


  • The person in charge of a police force.

    ‘the inquiry was led by the chief police officer in London’
    • ‘I've been taking to chief police officers about how we can coordinate in communities where we know there are gang and gun problems.’
    • ‘He said it should be mandatory for chief police officers to record and publish their contact with the media.’
    • ‘Operational decision-making is conducted by professional chief police officers who have spent their whole career in policing.’
    • ‘I want to work with chief police officers to find the best way of responding.’
    • ‘Ministers were warned last night that the forthcoming spending cuts would force chief police officers to prioritise resources and that less visible duties could suffer.’
    • ‘Discussions were under way with the association of chief police officers on new initiatives to ensure electoral offenders are brought to justice.’
    • ‘Some chief police officers backed a proposal to raise the speed limit to 80 mph.’
    • ‘They can only open fire if given the green light by a chief police officer.’
    • ‘"I have met with chief police officers and we have managed to get controls tightened," said Sara.’
    • ‘Our key concern is that any changes should be fair and recognise the huge range of responsibilities chief police officers carry on behalf of the public they serve.’