- a civil officer appointed to preserve the public peace, as a sheriff or constable.
Origin of peace officer
First recorded in 1705–15
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Examples from the Web for peace officer
The horseman, who was a peace-officer, said that he had no orders to arrest any woman.The Wanderer (Volume 5 of 5)
"That is the peace-officer sent after me by the Prefet," said Peyrade.Scenes from a Courtesan's Life
Honore de Balzac
She had not told him the explanation given her by the peace-officer.Other People's Money
The pause still continuing, Robin Oig asked for a peace-officer, and a constable having stepped out, he surrendered himself.
Hazlewood then entered, followed by two or three countrymen, one of whom acted as a peace-officer.Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott