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police action

noun
1.
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
1880-1885
1880-85
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Examples for police action
  • 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.
  • They channeled their scarce police resources toward places where residents clearly vocalized their desire for police action.
  • The visual display of a crime pattern on a map should be consistent with the type of hot spot and possible police action.

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