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Police uniforms, vehicles and equipment

Alsatian

noun

a large dog with thick brown and black fur, used for helping the police and for guarding buildings

baton

noun

a stick used as a weapon by a police officer

Black Maria

noun

a vehicle used by the police for carrying prisoners

body armour

noun

special clothes that soldiers and police officers wear to protect themselves against bullets in extremely dangerous situations

breathalyser

a British spelling of breathalyzer

breathalyzer

noun

a piece of equipment used by the police for checking how much alcohol a driver has drunk. The driver blows into a special bag that measures the amount of alcohol in their breath.

chevron

noun

a symbol in the shape of an upside-down ‘V’ that soldiers, police officers etc wear on their sleeve to show their rank

cruiser

noun

a police car

CS gas

noun

a gas used by the police for controlling crowds of people. It hurts your eyes and makes it difficult for you to breathe.

cuffs

noun

handcuffs

Dobermann

noun

a type of dog kept as a pet, for guarding buildings, or sometimes trained to be a police dog. Dobermanns are large and thin with black or dark brown hair.

flak jacket

noun

a heavy jacket with a metal layer inside that soldiers and police officers wear for protection against bullets

handcuffs

noun

metal rings that a police officer puts round a prisoner’s wrists to stop them from using their hands or arms

laser gun

noun

a piece of equipment used by police officers that uses laser light to find out how fast a vehicle is travelling

lathi

noun

a long stick used as a weapon by the police in India

nightstick

noun

a truncheon

paddy wagon

noun

a large van used by the police for carrying prisoners

panda car

noun

a small police car used in local areas

patrol car

noun

a car in which police officers drive around

pepper spray

noun

a liquid substance that causes severe pain when it touches the eyes, and is sometimes used by the police in the US

plain-clothes

noun

ordinary clothes that police wear instead of a uniform in order to do their job without being recognized

plasticuffs

noun

thin pieces of plastic that a police officer puts round a prisoner’s wrists to stop them from using their hands or arms

police dog

noun

a dog used by the police

riot

noun

worn or used by police to protect themselves during a riot

riot shield

noun

a hard flat object carried by police officers to protect themselves during riots

search warrant

noun

an official document that allows the police to search a building

shield

noun

a riot shield that police officers carry to protect them

squad car

noun

a car used by police officers

stab vest

noun

a jacket without sleeves that is made from a material that cannot easily be cut and that is worn by police in order to protect them from knife attacks to the upper body

taser

a weapon that produces a strong electric current and that is used by police in some countries to stop people being violent or stop them from running away

stun grenade

noun

a small weapon that soldiers or police throw at someone in order to prevent them from moving, without killing them

tear gas

noun

a gas that makes your eyes sting, used especially by the police to control violent crowds

thermal imaging

noun

the system by which special equipment is able to record the heat that people or buildings produce, used especially by the police and the armed forces

truncheon

noun

a short thick stick carried by a police officer as a weapon

tunic

noun

a short jacket that is part of a uniform worn by police officers, soldiers etc

warrant

noun

a document written by a judge that gives the police permission to do something, for example to arrest someone or to search a house

warrant card

noun

an official document that proves someone is a police officer

water cannon

noun

a piece of equipment that shoots water at people, used by the police for controlling crowds

wheel clamp

noun

an object that is put on one of the wheels of a car to prevent the driver moving it. Wheel clamps are used by the police and by private companies to stop drivers parking illegally.

plain-clothes

adjective

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