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American English: /pəˈlis/
British English: /pəˈliːs/

Translation of police in Spanish:


  • 1 (force) (+ singular or plural verb) the police
    la policía
    to be in/join the police
    ser/hacerse policía
    to call the police the riot police
    la policía antidisturbios
    (before noun) (regulations/escort/patrol)
    police brutality
    brutalidad (feminine) policial or de la policía
    police college
    escuela (feminine) superior de policía
    the police force
    la policía
    the airport has its own police force
    el aeropuerto tiene su propio cuerpo de vigilancia
    police inspector (in UK)
    inspector (-tora) (masculine, feminine) de policía
    police message
    comunicado (masculine) policial
    police protection
    protección (feminine) policial
    to have a police record
    estar fichado
    estar prontuariado (Southern Cone)
    police witness
    testigo (masculine or 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.
  • 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

  • 1 (keep order in)
    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
    Example sentences
    • The £4 million expense of policing the event, which included heavy police violence against protesters, was also borne by the taxpayer.
    • All of the West Yorkshire and British Transport Police officers who policed the riots have been jointly nominated as the country's bravest officers.
    • Whilst its economic importance and political sensitivity would ensure the event was highly policed, the use of anti-terror measures against protesters seems to be more of a case of testing the water for future use.
  • 2 (monitor) UN troops will police the ceasefire
    tropas de la ONU se encargarán de que se respete el alto al fuego
    Example sentences
    • What we need now is the will to regulate and police industry in favour of worker and consumer health.
    • Many are trying to regulate this and are using monitoring technology to police it.
    • A Paris-based media rights group yesterday slammed new Chinese regulations aimed at policing the Internet.
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