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English definition of “police”


plural noun    /pəˈlis/
an official force whose job is to maintain public order , deal with crime , and make people obey the law , or the members of this force : I think you should call the police. Police arrested two people in connection with the robbery .
(Definition of police plural noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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