armed, mounted
plain-clothes, uniformed
riot, traffic
military, paramilitary, secret, security
airport, border, campus (esp. AmE), city (esp. AmE), county, federal, local, national, state
fashion, thought (both figurative)

Following this rule will keep the fashion police off your tail.

call, contact
alert, inform, notify, tell

I'd really rather not involve the police.

elude, evade
arrest sb, detain sb
catch sb
charge sb

The police charged him with impaired driving.

patrol sth
raid sth

The police raided his shop.

arrive, respond

The police arrived to break up the battle.

interview sb, question sb
investigate sth
harass sb
appeal for sth (esp. BrE)

Police have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

captain, chief, commissioner (esp. AmE), constable (BrE), detective, inspector, lieutenant, officer
investigator, official
department, headquarters, station
academy (esp. AmE)
cell (BrE)

He spent the night in a police cell after his arrest.


Police reports state that at around 6.30 p.m. Poole and a relative had an argument in his backyard.

Contact your local police department to file a police report. (AmE)

blotter (AmE)

His name has never shown up on the police blotter (= written record of arrests).


I had a police record.

car, cruiser (esp. AmE), helicopter, van (BrE), vehicle

an unmarked police car

driver (BrE), marksman
dog, horse
authorities, force, service
enquiries (BrE), investigation
interrogation, surveillance

The visiting fans returned to the station under police escort.


A routine police patrol spotted signs of a break-in at the offices.


Nine arrests were made in a series of police raids across the city.


There was a huge police presence at the demonstration.


All prosecution witnesses were given police protection.

barricades, cordon, lines

Some protesters managed to break through the police cordon.

checkpoint, roadblock
informant, informer
abuse, brutality, corruption, harassment, misconduct, violence

The country looks more and more like a police state.

helping the police with their enquiries (BrE)

No arrest has been made, but a man is helping the police with their enquiries.

in police custody

He was held in police custody for a month

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