The cops who gives you a speeding ticket or arrest murderers are an example of police.
People who are judgmental about fashion and make fun of those who don't comply with the current styles are an example of the fashion police.
When you patrol an area to make sure that the laws are being followed, this is an example of when you police the area.
Grammar police; fashion police.
Policing someone's grammar.
Policed the barracks.
To police the streets.
Call the police!
The police operating in New York City operate under the New York City Police Department, several other City agencies and boards, and several public authorities.
Extra security was hired to police the crowd at the big game.
Origin of police
- French from Old French policie civil organization from Late Latin polītīa from Latin the State from Greek polīteia from polītēs citizen from polis city pelə-3 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle French police, from Latin politia (“state, government"), from Ancient Greek Ï€Î¿Î»Î¹Ï„ÎµÎ¯Î± (politeia).