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Originally: the headquarters of the police force in a city or town. Now: an office dealing with enquiries, reports of minor crimes, and other non-urgent police business.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in India Gazette. From police + office.
police office/pʊˈliːs ˌɒfɪs//ˈpliːs ˌɒfɪs/
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