police officer

A police officer is a person whose job involves enforcing the law. On a given day, a police officer might issue a ticket to a speeding driver, respond to a noise complaint about a barking dog, or direct traffic during a parade.

Police officers are members of a police force, tasked with upholding laws, investigating crimes, and arresting criminals, among many other duties. Most police officers attend an academy and take a written exam before they can join a force. You can also use the terms policeman and policewoman, but those sound a bit old-fashioned — and police officer includes everyone on the police force.

Definitions of police officer
  1. noun
    a member of a police force
    synonyms: officer, policeman
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    an informal term for a British policeman
    bull, cop, copper, fuzz, pig
    uncomplimentary terms for a policeman
    captain, police captain, police chief
    a policeman in charge of a precinct
    constable, police constable
    a police officer of the lowest rank
    detective, investigator, police detective, tec
    a police officer who investigates crimes
    a French policeman
    a high ranking police officer
    motorcycle cop, motorcycle policeman, speed cop
    a policeman who rides a motorcycle (and who checks the speeds of motorists)
    police matron, policewoman
    a woman policeman
    colloquial term for a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police
    an undercover police officer who investigates other policemen
    traffic cop
    a policeman who controls the flow of automobile traffic
    a mounted policeman
    state trooper, trooper
    a state police officer
    Chief Constable
    the head of the police force in a county (or similar area)
    crossing guard
    someone who helps people (especially children) at a traffic crossing
    dick, gumshoe, hawkshaw
    someone who is a detective
    meter maid
    policewoman who is assigned to write parking tickets
    a detective who wears civilian clothes on duty
    a policeman stationed at an intersection to direct traffic
    an investigator who is employed to find missing persons or missing goods
    type of:
    law officer, lawman, peace officer
    an officer of the law
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