Definition of pound the beat in US English:

pound the beat


  • (of a police officer) patrol an assigned route or area.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was involved in an initiative calling for senior Scotland Yard officers to pound the beat for at least four hours each month.’
    • ‘Paramedics are on call and police officers are pounding the beat.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Employees pounded the beat with police officers as they blitzed householders with crime prevention advice.’
    • ‘I want to see bobbies pounding the beat around here on foot rather than driving around once or twice a night in a van.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘It is a matter of record that he, despite his seniority in the Metropolitan Police, has recently pounded the beat and personally made arrests.’