What does the word police mean?

Usage examples for police

  1. The police have made themselves free of my house. – The Box with the Broken Seals by E. Phillips Oppenheim
  2. I went to the police on my own account. – In the Mayor's Parlour by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  3. I saw at once that it would be terrible for me to have any trouble with the police. – The Passenger from Calais by Arthur Griffiths