Constabulary may have several definitions.

  • A civil, non-paramilitary (police) force consisting of police officers called constables. This is the usual definition in Britain, in which all county police forces once bore the title (and some still do). See: Law enforcement in the United Kingdom.



A partial list of constabularies around the world:



Northern Ireland

United States

British Commonwealth


See also


  1. ^ Webster defines it as “an armed police force organized on military lines but distinct from the army,” Ergo a gendarmerie.

For Further Reading

  • Segal,David R., Brian J. Reed, and David E. Rohall. “Constabulary Attitudes of National Guard and Regular Soldiers in the U.S. Army.”

Armed Forces & Society, Jul 1998; Vol. 24: pp. 535–548.

  • Moskos, Charles C., Jr. “UN Peacekeepers: The Constabulary Ethic and Military Professionalism.” Armed Forces & Society, Jul 1975; Vol. 1: pp. 388–401.

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  • constabulary — I. adjective Date: 1824 of or relating to a constable or constabulary II. noun (plural laries) Date: circa 1715 1. the organized body of constables of a particular district or country 2. an armed police force organized on military lines but… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • constabulary — 1. adjective /kənˈstæbjʊləri/ a) Of, or relating to constables. Constabulary missions are different from fighting wars. b) Characteristic to police; police like (as opposed to military) Syn: constabular 2 …   Wiktionary

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