One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a police officer) patrol an allocated route or area.
- ‘He was involved in an initiative calling for senior Scotland Yard officers to pound the beat for at least four hours each month.’
- ‘He also called for an increase in police pounding the beat in the area, saying: ‘I think that local people want to see visible policing, with a higher profile.’’
- ‘That means the centre evaluating a whole raft of community safety measures, such as CCTV cameras, better street lighting - and the numbers of policemen pounding the beat.’
- ‘In any case, the law has returned in the form of a local policeman pounding the beat (only daytime, but welcome all the same) and a traffic warden (unwelcome by one and all it would seem).’
- ‘Four police officers were pounding the beat in a different part of London on Saturday as they zipped round the marathon course to raise over £3,000 for charity.’
- ‘I want to see bobbies pounding the beat around here on foot rather than driving around once or twice a night in a van.’
- ‘It is a matter of record that he, despite his seniority in the Metropolitan Police, has recently pounded the beat and personally made arrests.’
- ‘All council tax increases were pushed up by two percentage points to pay for a £43 million plan to get 567 extra police officers pounding the beat this year.’
- ‘Paramedics are on call and police officers are pounding the beat.’
- ‘Employees pounded the beat with police officers as they blitzed householders with crime prevention advice.’
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