police action

noun
a relatively localized military action undertaken by regular armed forces, without a formal declaration of war, against guerrillas, insurgents, or other forces held to be violating international peace and order.

Origin:
1880–85

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Example sentences
Police officers are not permitted to use race, religion, or ethnicity as the
  only reason for taking police action.
The government waited patiently for two days until citizens, from street hawker
  to taipan, were demanding police action.
Nor is the intent primarily to control violence through aggressive police
  action.
Good intentions and police action may be no match for the encroachments of
  gadgetry and wirelessness.
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