A police officer (also known as a policeman or policewoman, and constable in some forces, particularly in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations) is a warranted employee of a police force. In the United States "officer" is the formal name of the lowest police rank; in many other countries "officer" is a generic term not specifying a particular rank, and the lowest rank is often "constable". Police officers are generally charged with the apprehension of criminals and the prevention and detection of crime, and the maintenance of public order. Police officers may be sworn to an oath, and have the power to arrest people and detain them for a limited time, along with other duties and powers.
Uniformed police officers have also been referred to as "unis".
In the United Kingdom, a uniformed police officer has been referred to as a police constable. This was common amongst the Metropolitan Police Service officers of the 19th century. Police constable ranks were often abbreviated as PC. A common nickname for uniformed officers of this era were bobbies and coppers.
In film Edit
- Re-Animator: Two Swiss policeman were employed by the University of Zurich in 1985. They responded to screams of pain coming from the office of Doctor Gruber. Using a baton, they broke the glass on the door, gained entry, and found student Herbert West hovering over a seemingly undead Doctor Gruber with a needle.
- Werewolf of London: a police constable named Jenkins converses with Sir Thomas Forsythe of Scotland Yard. He describes his experience upon witnessing a werewolf.
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- Swiss policeman redirects to this page. This title was used in the 1985 film Re-Animator. There were two such officers presented in the film, who were played by actors Derek Pendleton and Gene Scherer.
- ↑ Henry Mitchell is actually a parole officer rather than a uniformed officer.
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