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    #1

    Difference between police officer and policemen?

    I was caught by a policeman on my way back home when I was driving due to speeding. Or, by a police officer?

    Well, I guess it should be the police officer...

    Thanks.

  2. probus's Avatar
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    #2

    Re: Difference between police officer and policemen?

    "Policeman" is dated because it is now considered sexist and therefore politically incorrect by many. A police officer may equally well be a man or a woman.

    Speakers of BrE have a nice alternative in "constable". As far as I know constable does not have any sexist connotations.

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