noun (plural constabularies)
1The constables of a district, collectively.
- This is not the conventional constabulary, nor is the appropriate conventional, predetermined, domestic, natural-disaster team when the threat is global terrorism.
- Many of the southeastern nations instituted light-horse constabularies, courts, and tribal governments.
- In England, the coroner system was established under the constabulary.
1.1An armed police force organized as a military unit.
- In most other states the poll can be easily conducted on a single day with the help of the state police and armed constabulary, supervised by the Election Commission observers and perhaps a small contingent of Central forces.
- At the outset of a peace operation, all of these elements - military, constabulary, civil police, and judicial and penal experts - should be deployed together.
- U.S. troop strength was reduced from 70,000 to 34,000 and the newly formed Philippine constabulary took over many of the police duties.
1.2British A police force covering a particular area or city.
- The orchestrated escort and the accompanying police violence in clearing the picket reflected the involvement of city based police, the local constabulary having been cooperative with the workers.
- The move comes as the Home Office completes plans to merge the county constabularies and reduce 43 police forces to about 15.
- ‘Operation Cobra’ sounds like a plot by undercover CIA operatives to assassinate a Central American despot, rather than the local constabulary's crackdown on car thieves.
Relating to a constabulary.
- The idea of concentrating constabulary strength by temporarily vacating some stations had been part of contingency planning since 1917.
- But police abuse is not the product of some overweening constabulary malevolence constantly bursting the seams of whatever rules for regulating conduct are laid down.
- The office of the Commissioner of Police embodies the principle of constabulary independence.
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