Definition of patrol car in US English:

patrol car


  • A police car used used for patrolling the streets.

    ‘the thieves were spotted by police in a patrol car’
    • ‘The Gardaí returned to their patrol car, called for back up and then gave chase.’
    • ‘Television images showed young men surrounding a police patrol car and slamming bricks into it from close range.’
    • ‘They had already robbed a filling station and rammed a Garda patrol car before the single vehicle accident.’
    • ‘Police officers arrived at the scene almost immediately as a patrol car was on a ramp just yards from where the accident happened.’
    • ‘Police officers in a patrol car saw the incident and ordered him to stop.’
    • ‘Robert and Brendan were picked up by a passing police patrol car.’
    • ‘While the police officer ducked into his patrol car, Finn considered making a run for it.’
    • ‘Two officers arrived at the scene in a patrol car almost immediately.’
    • ‘Police in a highway patrol car saw two men running away and took them to the police station for questioning.’
    • ‘The policemen were in a patrol car parked at the traffic lights in Abbey Street when they heard glass smashing due to the heat of the fire.’
    • ‘A Garda patrol car, which was in the area, was at the scene in minutes and caught the gunman as he tried to run from the scene.’
    • ‘Most significantly, the student went across to a police patrol car in the vicinity to report the incident.’
    • ‘One of the neighbours must have called the police, because just as I stuck my head out of my bedroom window, a police patrol car pulled up.’
    • ‘When the firecrew called in Police support the PSNI patrol car came under attack as well.’
    • ‘It is now commonplace to drive for hundreds of miles without seeing a police patrol car, and I believe that that is a very bad thing for road safety.’
    • ‘Two police officers were also on hand in a patrol car parked next to the jet.’
    • ‘You just ride in your patrol car around the streets of Phoenix looking to see if there is any trouble!’
    • ‘Police who disturbed a pair of burglars had their patrol car rammed three times as the men tried to get away, a court heard.’
    • ‘The Garda patrol car went back to the area to seek out those responsible.’
    • ‘He was seen by a police patrol car but the teenager refused to stop and sped away from the officers.’