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Watch Committee

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Definition of Watch Committee in English:

noun

historical
(In the UK) the committee of a county borough council dealing with policing and public lighting.
Example sentences
  • Hannan exerted persistent pressure on the Watch Committee to increase the police establishment to maintain peace in the town, particularly at nights and on weekends.
  • And he was asked to leave the force in the 1890s by the Watch Committee, which oversaw the police, for a reason never explained.
  • In many areas licensing matters were dealt with by a special committee of the local council, whilst in those authorities with their own police force the task was often undertaken by the Watch Committee.

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