English Vocabulary lesson Police
In this English lesson you learn the key vocabulary you need to talk about the police in English.
This vocabulary will be useful to you if you are doing and exam like FCE, CAE, or IELTS, and you need to speak about this topic.
Also, you never know if you will need to talk about the police in English. You might be talking to some friends and the topic pops up in conversation.
You may have to ask the police to help you one day and you will beed these words.
In English we have many ways to talk about the police. In the English learning video I go over some of the main words we use to speak about this topic.
For example, we can use words like:
A Police station, where the police work.
Police department, the collective group of police in the USA
Police force, the collective group of police in Australia
A Police officer, a male or female member of the police
We also talk about uniformed police, plain clothes police, undercover police, secret police, riot police and traffic police.
Different branches of the police are the Fraud Squad, Special Branch, Homicide Squad, and SWAT.
For example: The SWAT team are an elite branch of police that are called for dangerous situation.
Some of the main police ranks in England and Australia are Constable, Sergeant, Inspector, Superintendent, and Commissioner. This last one is the highest ranking police officer.
What the police do
Some verbs we use to talk about what the police do are charge, book, apprehend, arrest, handcuff, frisk, fingerprint, and breathalyse.
For example: The police arrested the criminal, handcuffed him, and charged him with assault.
An some of the slang words we use to talk about the police are cops, copper, the Law, the Old Bill, Narc, or Fed.
For example: There were a lot of cops patrolling the area. I didn’t think it was a dangerous neighbourhood.
Don’t forget to watch the lesson to get a full explanation of the different words and their meanings.
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