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Pronunciation: /pəˈliːs/

Translation of police in Spanish:


  • 1.1 (force) (+ singular or plural verb/+ verbo en singular o plural) the police la policía to be in/join the police ser*/hacerse* policía to call the police llamar a la policía the riot police la policía antidisturbios (before noun/delante del nombre) [regulations/escort/patrol] policial police brutality brutalidad (feminine) policial or de la policía police college escuela (feminine) superior de policía the police force la policía, las fuerzas del orden público [journalese/lenguaje periodístico] the airport has its own police force el aeropuerto tiene su propio cuerpo de vigilancia police inspector (in UK) inspector, (masculine, feminine) de policía police message comunicado (masculine) policial police protection protección (feminine) policial to have a police record estar* fichado or (in Southern Cone also/en Cono Sur también) prontuariado police witness testigo (masculine and feminine) de la policía
    Example sentences
    • Council officers supported the police in offering crime prevention advice to residents.
    • Faced with rising crime and a lack of public faith in the police she has come out all guns blazing.
    • Workers set up roadblocks in order to prevent the police from entering the industrial facility again.
    1.2 (police officers) (no art, + pl vb) policías (masculine plural) police outnumbered demonstrators el número de policías superaba al de manifestantes
    Example sentences
    • North Shore Rescue and the Cypress Bowl Ski Patrol members helped police recover the body.
    • After his arrest, he was questioned by local police and also members of Scotland Yard.
    • In the Boland town of Paarl two Samwu members were injured when police opened fire on a group of marchers.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (keep order in) [streets] patrullar the right to police the region el derecho de mantener una fuerza policial en la región the demonstration was heavily policed hubo una gran presencia policial en la manifestación 1.2 (monitor) vigilar, supervisar UN troops will police the ceasefire tropas de la ONU se encargarán de que se respete el alto al fuego 1.3 (clean up) (American English/inglés norteamericano) limpiar

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