Definition of desk sergeant in US English:

desk sergeant


  • A sergeant in administrative charge of a police station.

    • ‘There he showed a desk sergeant the ad, flashed his own winning smile and held out his hands to collect the reward.’
    • ‘She locked her desk and waved to the desk sergeant as she passed him.’
    • ‘A man walked into a police station, dropped a bag of cocaine on the counter, informed the desk sergeant that it was a sub-standard cut and asked that the person who sold it to him be arrested immediately.’
    • ‘You go to the local police station, where the desk sergeant tells you your son is being held in custody on suspicion of stealing £300.’
    • ‘The defendant later walked into the police station and was given a ‘ticking off’ by the desk sergeant.’