police

The word police refers to the members of a law enforcement organization, or to the organization itself. If you see a crime being committed, you should call the police.

The job of the police is to protect citizens and enforce laws. You might see police patrolling parks or maintaining order at large gatherings, like concerts and demonstrations. As a verb, to police is to enforce laws or keep a watchful eye on things. Actual police officers might police a political protest, while teachers are sometimes called upon to police school dances and parties.

Definitions of police
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n the force of policemen and officers

Synonyms:
constabulary, law, police force
Types:
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European Law Enforcement Organisation, Europol
police organization for the European Union; aims to improve effectiveness and cooperation among European police forces
gendarmerie, gendarmery
French police force; a group of gendarmes or gendarmes collectively
Mutawa, Mutawa'een
religious police in Saudi Arabia whose duty is to ensure strict adherence to established codes of conduct; offenders may be detained indefinitely; foreigners are not excluded
Mounties, RCMP, Royal Canadian Mounted Police
the federal police force of Canada
New Scotland Yard, Scotland Yard
the detective department of the metropolitan police force of London
secret police
a police force that operates in secrecy (usually against persons suspected of treason or sedition)
SS, Schutzstaffel
special police force in Nazi Germany founded as a personal bodyguard for Adolf Hitler in 1925; the SS administered the concentration camps
posse, posse comitatus
a temporary police force
Gestapo
the secret state police in Nazi Germany; known for its terrorist methods
Type of:
force, personnel
group of people willing to obey orders
law enforcement agency
an agency responsible for insuring obedience to the laws

v maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol

Synonyms:
patrol
Type of:
guard
to keep watch over