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n., v. -liced, -lic•ing. n.
The police are the official organization responsible for making sure that people obey the law. They also protect people and property and arrest criminals.
Police is a plural noun. You use a plural form of a verb after it.
Don't refer to an individual member of the police force as a 'police'. You usually refer to him or her as a police officer. You can also say policeman or policewoman.
Past participle: policed
|Noun||1.||police - the force of policemen and officers; "the law came looking for him"|
personnel, force - group of people willing to obey orders; "a public force is necessary to give security to the rights of citizens"
European Law Enforcement Organisation, Europol - police organization for the European Union; aims to improve effectiveness and cooperation among European police forces
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
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)
Schutzstaffel, SS - special police force in Nazi Germany founded as a personal bodyguard for Adolf Hitler in 1925; the SS administered the concentration camps
law enforcement agency - an agency responsible for insuring obedience to the laws
|Verb||1.||police - maintain the security of by carrying out a patrol|
guard - to keep watch over; "there would be men guarding the horses"
to join the police → hacerse policía
more than a hundred police were called in → más de cien policías hicieron acto de presencia
the frontier is policed by UN patrols → la frontera la vigilan las patrullas de la ONU
the area used to be policed by Britain → la zona estaba antes bajo control de Gran Bretaña
police brutality N → violencia f policial
police captain N (US) → subjefe mf
police car N → coche m de policía
police constable N (Brit) → guardia mf, policía mf
police court N → tribunal m de policía, tribunal m correccional
police custody N in police custody → bajo custodia policial
police department N (US) → policía f
police dog N → perro m policía
police escort N → escolta f policial
police force N → cuerpo m de policía
police inspector N → inspector(a) m/f de policía
police officer N → guardia mf, policía mf
police protection N → protección f policial
police record N → antecedentes mpl penales
police state N → estado m policía
police station N → comisaría f
police work N → trabajo m policial or de la policía
A large number of police were hurt → De nombreux policiers ont été blessés.
The march was heavily policed
BUT Il y avait une forte présence policière lors de la manifestation.
the police department → les services de policepolice dog n → chien m policierpolice force n → police fpolice headquarters npl → quartier m général de la policepolice helicopter n → hélicoptère m de la policepolice inspector n → inspecteur/trice m/f de police
the railway/river police → la polizia ferroviaria/fluviale
a large number of police were hurt → molti poliziotti sono rimasti feriti
the police have caught him → è stato preso dalla polizia
extra police were brought in → sono state fatte intervenire forze di polizia supplementari
to join the police → arruolarsi nella polizia
to police a football match → presidiare lo stadio durante un incontro di calcio