la policía
-the police
See the entry for policía.


A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
1. (body)
a. police
Alguien llamó a la policía desde el lugar del secuestro.Someone called the police from the place where the kidnapping occurred.
b. cops
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
Cuando llegó la policía, los camorristas se dispersaron en todas direcciones.When the cops arrived, the rioters dispersed in all directions.
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
masculine or feminine noun
2. (profession)
a. police officer
Dos policías corrieron tras el ladrón.Two police officers ran after the thief.
b. policeman (masculine)
Un policía vigila esta calle día y noche.A policeman guards this street day and night.
c. policewoman (feminine)
Ella es policía del departamento antidroga.She is a policewoman in the narcotics department.
d. cop
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g., skinny, grandma).
Un policía se nos acercó y nos pidió la identificación.A cop came up to us and asked us for our IDs.
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (general)
a. policeman, policewoman
2. (general)
la policíathe police
viene la policíathe police are coming
policía antidisturbiosriot police
policía militar/secretamilitary/secret police
policía de tráficotraffic police
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policeman/policewoman; police officer
policía de paisano plain-clothes policeman
policía informático/a police officer specializing in computer crime
policía local policía municipal local policeman/policewoman
policía acostado (Ven) (Automóviles) speed bump; sleeping policeman
(organización) police
¡llama a la policía! call the police!; Cuerpo Nacional de Policía (España) the Police Force
policía antidisturbios riot police
policía autonómica police force of a regional autonomy
policía de barrio community police
Policía de Tráfico traffic police
Policía Local Local Police
Policía Militar military police
Policía Montada mounted police
Policía Municipal local police
Policía Nacional national police
Policía Secreta secret police
In Spain the policía nacional is the force in charge of national security and general public order while the policía municipal deals with regulating traffic and policing the local community. The Basque Country and Catalonia also have their own police forces, the Ertzaintza and the Mossos d'Esquadra respectively. In rural areas it is the Guardia Civil that is responsible for policing duties.
note See culture box in entry guardia.note See culture box in entry Ertzaintza.
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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