Definitions

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  • n. Law enforcement agents considered "beyond", "ancillary" or "subsidiary" to the regular police force.

Etymologies

para- +‎ police; compare paramedic, paralegal. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In fact, according to Intelligarde founder Ross McLeod, his "parapolice" "dealt with" more than two dozen panhandlers during the pilot.

    NOW Magazine

  • In the small state of Portuguesa, a few hours by road to the southwest of Caracas, a parapolice group, or death squad, dubbed the Extermination Group murdered at least 65 alleged criminals in about nine months, beginning in September 2000, according to public prosecutors.

    Venezuela: The Forces Of Disorder

  • "Of course it seems to all of us that this was carried out by a parapolice group, and it reeks of government," said one synagogue member.

    Articles

  • What this means is that among the thousands of police, riot police and pimply parapolice mobilized to deal with this week's protests are a lot of fine young men and women who don't care for sleazy Chinese envoys with culpable hair sense any more than I do.

    Taipei Times

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