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The policing of cities for the first time became worthy of commendation.

Games and sport alternated with drill and policing of the camp.

The protection of vessels was not the only reason for policing the waterways.

And so the policing of the western country from Fort Gibson went on and on.

Is it being too aggressive in policing its intellectual property?

Assist your tent mates in policing the ground in and around your tent.

He does not draw the fine distinction of policing the "backward races."

They no longer undertake any policing, strike-breaking, or guarding.

The wanton mutilation of the dogwoods in natural woodlands belonging to cities can be curbed only by policing the tracts.

For a time, they talked of forming vigilante groups to do their own policing, but nobody worried about this.


c.1530, at first essentially the same word as policy (n.1); from Middle French police (late 15c.), from Latin politia "civil administration," from Greek polis "city" (see polis).

Until mid-19c. used in England for "civil administration;" application to "administration of public order" (1716) is from French (late 17c.), and originally in English referred to France or other foreign nations. The first force so-named in England was the Marine Police, set up 1798 to protect merchandise at the Port of London. Police state "state regulated by means of national police" first recorded 1865, with reference to Austria. Police action in the international sense of "military intervention short of war, ostensibly to correct lawlessness" is from 1933. Police officer is attested from 1800. Police station is from 1817.


law enforcement

nounpolice officers
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