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Peace Officer Around the United States

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The state penal code uses only the term Peace Officer when referring to police officers.

Other States
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The State penal code does not refer to Peace Officer

Peace Officer

Usually means a law enforcement role which includes a badge, has the power to arrest, and also carries a service weapon.

Survey of US Penal Codes

According to research of the 50 states’ and District of Columbia penal codes, 71% of states use only the term Peace Officer when referring to police officers. and nearly 80% of states use the term in some law enforcement context.

Around the U.S. the term “Peace Officer” is primarily used to refer to police in state penal codes.

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