Definition of police department in English:

police department


North American
  • The department of a local or municipal authority in charge of the prevention and detection of crime and the maintenance of public order.

    ‘the head of the city's police department’
    • ‘Behind the chair is a photograph of the president congratulating the police department for its response to the riots.’
    • ‘He was invited to play golf with the executives of the police department atop a high-rise building.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the police department is trying to shut down their investigation.’
    • ‘We start to believe that police departments, with their honor, duty, and mission, are immune to the red tape that slows down progress in the rest of the world.’
    • ‘The local police department does its best to investigate the crimes, but is totally unprepared to handle such foul murders.’
    • ‘The statements were secretly recorded by a police department informer.’
    • ‘Both the city's mayor and police department say the tape does not reflect the way the city's police officers were trained.’
    • ‘The police will hold a second open house Monday for people interested in volunteering for the Police Department.’
    • ‘A great wave of innovation spawned by World War II-era military technology helped put thousands of police departments on the air.’
    • ‘He has moved aggressively to reduce crime in the city by restoring confidence in the police department.’