A Police or Police?

Quick Grammar Lesson

Police and the police are plural nouns.

• Police are still searching for the fugitives.

• The police were called.


Do not say “a police” to mean one police officer. Say a police officer, an officer, a police man, a police woman, or a cop. So, the next time you saw a police officer arrested a thief, don’t say “A police arrested the thief” say “A police officer arrested the thief” instead.


The following words are the synonyms for a police officer; they are slang words:

– cop (US) – shorten from ‘copper’

– copper (UK)

– po-po (US)

– Five-O – taken from the famous TV series “Hawaii Five-O”


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