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  1. the force of policemen and officers; "the law came looking for him" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. maintain the security of by carrying out a control Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A judicial and executive system, for the government of a city, town, or district, for the preservation of rights, order, cleanliness, health, etc., and for the enforcement of the laws and prevention of crime; the administration of the laws and regulations of a city, incorporated town, or borough. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. That which concerns the order of the community; the internal regulation of a state. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The organized body of civil officers in a city, town, or district, whose particular duties are the preservation of good order, the prevention and detection of crime, and the enforcement of the laws. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Military police, the body of soldiers detailed to preserve civil order and attend to sanitary arrangements in a camp or garrison. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. To keep in order by police. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To make clean; as, to police a camp. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. The cleaning of a camp or garrison, or the state a camp as to cleanliness. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Agents of the law charged with the responsibility of maintaining law and order among the citizenry. Medical Dictionary DB
  11. In a city, town, or district, that part of the government that enforces the laws and keeps order; an organized body of officers for keeing order. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. To protect and keep in order by regular officers. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. The system of regulations of a city, town, or district, for the preservation of order and enforcement of law: the internal government of a state: (short for police-force) the civil officers for preserving order, etc. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  14. POLICEMAN. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. System of rules for preserving order in a city; civil officers for preserving order. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  16. To place under the control of police. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. A body of civil officers organized under authority to maintain order and enforce law. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. The department of the government, concerned in the preservation and enforcement of order in a city, town, or district; a body of civil officers organized for this purpose. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. A body of civil officers employed to enforce the laws respecting good order, cleanliness, &c.; the internal regulations of a town, city, or state. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. Police is the function of that branch of the administrative machinery of government which is charged with the preservation of public order and tranquillity, the promotion of the public health, safety, and morals, and the prevention, detection, and punishment of crimes. See State v. Hine, 59 Conn. 50, 21 Atl. 1024. 10 L. It. A. S3; Monet v. Jones. 10 Smedes & M. (Miss.) 247: People v. Squire, 107 N. Y. 593, 14 N. E. S20, 1 Am. St. Rep. 893; Logan v. State, 5 Tex. App. 314. The police of a state, in a comprehensive sense, embraces its whole system of internal regulation, by which the state seeks not only to preserve the public order and to prevent offenses against the state, but also to establish for the intercourse of citizen with citizen those rules of good manners and good neighborhood which are calculated to prevent a conflict of rights, aud to insure to each the uninterrupted enjoyment of his own, so far as is reasonably consistent with a like enjoyment of rights by others. Cooley. Const. Lim. *572. It is defined by Jeremy Bentham in his works; "Police is in general a system of precaution, either for the prevention of crime or of calamities. Its business may be distributed into eight distinct branches: (1) Police for the prevention of offenses ; (2) Police for the prevention of calamities; (3) Police for the prevention of epidemic diseases; (4) Police of charity; (5) Police of interior communications; (6) Police of public amusements; (7) Police for recent intelligence; (8) Police for registration." Canal Com'rs v. Willamette Transp. Co., G Or. 222.TLD Example: Police and other law enforcement agencies are a function of the executive branch of government. thelawdictionary.org
  21. p[=o]-l[=e]s', n. the system of regulations of a city, town, or district for the preservation of order and enforcement of law: the internal government of a state: (short for POLICE'-FORCE) the civil officers employed to preserve order, &c.--v.t. to guard or maintain order in: to put in order.--n.pl. POLICE'-COMMISS'IONERS, a body of men appointed to regulate the appointments and duties of the police.--ns. POLICE'-INSPECT'OR, a superior officer of police who has charge of a department, next in rank to a superintendent; POLICE'-MAG'ISTRATE, one who presides in a police court; POLICE'MAN, a member of a police-force; POLICE'-OFF'ICE, -ST[=A]'TION, the headquarters of the police of a district, used also as a temporary place of confinement; POLICE'-OFF'ICER, -CON'STABLE, a policeman; POLICE'-RATE, a tax levied for the support of the police.--POLICE COURT, a court for trying small offences brought before it by the police. [Fr.,--L. politia--Gr. politeia, the condition of a state--polit[=e]s, a citizen--polis, a city.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  22. Civil administration, public order; department of government concerned with this; civil force responsible for maintaining public order; (as pl.) members of this, as the p. are on his track; p. court (of summary jurisdiction, dealing with charges preferred by the p.); p. magistrate (presiding in p. court); policeman, member of p. force; p. office, headquarters of p. in city or town; p. officer, policeman; p. station, office of local p. force; (v.t.) control (country &c.) by means of p., furnish with p., (fig.) administer, control. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  23. n. [French, Greek] The administration of the laws and regulations of a city or incorporated town or borough;—the internal regulation and government of a kingdom or state;—the body of civil officers organized for the preservation of good order ad the enforcement of the laws. Cabinet Dictionary

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