What does the word constabulary mean?

Usage examples for constabulary

  1. I noticed, however, that the Native Constabulary seemed to be taking the end of the world mighty calm, which looked like they had been tipped off ahead for something quite different. – Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas by Lloyd Osbourne
  2. The constabulary were mostly prisoners of the crown. – The History of Tasmania, Volume I (of 2) by John West
  3. The manners of the rural constabulary had long ceased to amuse him. – A Tale of a Lonely Parish by F. Marion Crawford