The officer passed a form across the table and handed me a ballpoint pen, and I realized that this was war.
According to one senior NATO officer in Kabul, some strikes credited to Predators actually result from raids by this covert force.
Then the officer turned to Emilie and announced, “I am placing this man under arrest.”
early 14c., "one who holds an office" (originally a high office), from Old French oficier "officer, official" (early 14c.), from Medieval Latin officarius "an officer," from Latin officium "a service, a duty" (see office). The military sense is first recorded 1560s. Applied to petty officials of justice from 16c.; U.S. use in reference to policemen is from 1880s.