from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a civil officer, usually one of a board, commissioned to regulate and control the appointment, duties, and discipline of the police.
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- n. a civil commissioner appointed to supervise the duties and discipline of the police
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Michael Sheehan, the deputy police commissioner in New York City responsible for counterterrorism until 2006, explained that hotheads in a coffeehouse are a dime a dozen.
“I asked the police commissioner of Puteaux to leave it where it was and to send a police officer to keep a watch on it …”
The police commissioner was attending a foreign-press dinner at a big hotel on Avenue Montaigne when the head of the Police Judiciaire succeeded in getting through to him on the telephone.