Definition of peace officer in English:

peace officer


North American
  • A civil officer appointed to preserve law and order, such as a sheriff or police officer.

    • ‘The statute concludes: ‘Any person so detained shall identify himself, but may not be compelled to answer any other inquiry of any peace officer.’’
    • ‘The section formerly empowered a peace officer to arrest a person who the officer ‘on reasonable and probable grounds’ believed had committed an indictable offence.’
    • ‘He's been charged with obstructing a peace officer and assaulting a police officer.’
    • ‘He stated that a peace officer's duty was to protect and serve.’
    • ‘My view is that a woman joins the force as a peace officer in the same way that a man does.’
    • ‘If the Department of Justice is so lenient in such a serious case, especially where the victim is a peace officer, we have lost the battle against crime.’
    • ‘Section 254, as I have said, does not extend the scope of the reasonable suspicion of the peace officer this far.’
    • ‘The unmarked peace officer vehicle was recovered without its siren and red-and-blue police lights.’
    • ‘They're a relic from the heyday of the revolver as the peace officer's handgun.’
    • ‘Magistrates and peace officers covet these symbols of authority and wear them with pride, even when they have become ragged and threadbare with age.’
    • ‘Every sworn peace officer who flies from place to place in the U.S. is armed on the flight.’
    • ‘In addition to robbing a bank, you also tried to murder a peace officer.’
    • ‘The provincial court judge thus confirms the existence of the reasonable grounds which led the peace officer to launch the application.’
    • ‘Anyone would be subject to arrest if a peace officer believed that they will carry out a terrorist activity.’
    • ‘A citizen making such an arrest is obliged to deliver the person to a peace officer immediately.’
    • ‘As a former peace officer I have a lot of experience dealing with this sort of thing.’
    • ‘We have deployed soldiers, not peace officers.’
    • ‘A licensed peace officer, he passed the academy in his spare time, paying the instructor to tutor him on weekends.’
    • ‘In the attack last week, a local peace officer was killed and scores of houses were looted.’
    • ‘He had begun his involvement with the village court as a peace officer, delivering summonses and acting as an executive servant of the magistrates.’
    police officer, policeman, policewoman, pc, wpc, officer of the law, detective, dc
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