What Does LEO Mean?

LEO means "Law Enforcement Officer." A law enforcement officer is a government employee whose job it is to keep the peace. It does not necessarily mean a policeman. (NB: An LEO can be just about anyone who can be sworn in, badged and armed. An LEO might also be someone in the armed forces. However, security guards are not classified as LEOs as they cannot be armed in the UK.)

Summary of Key Points

"Law Enforcement Officer" is the most common definition for LEO on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Definition:Law Enforcement Officer
Type:Acronym and Abbreviation
4: Difficult to guess
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers

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When I write LEO, I mean this:

meaning of LEO
A Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) is an official employed to keep the peace by enforcing the law.


Examples of LEO in Sentences

Here are examples of LEO being used in conversations:
  • Tony: I'm going for an interview to be an LEO.
  • Jordan: Oh, what do your dubious friends think about that?
  • Tony: I'm going for an interview to be an LEO.
  • Jordan: Oh good luck that is an excellent career.

An Academic Look at LEO

As it is pronounced using its individual letters (i.e., "El EE Oh"), LEO is classified as an initialism abbreviation. Initialisms are different to acronyms, which are spoken like words.

Example of LEO Used in a Text


See Also

12 (the police) 50 (police (from Hawaii five-o)) 187 (police code for murder or death) 211 (police code for robbery) 5150 (police code for madman on the loose) 808 (police code for disturbing the peace) ALPHA (house (from police jargon)) CHARLIE (car (from police jargon)) COP (policeman) FOPS (fake cops (e.g. part-time police, parking attendants, security guards)) FUZZ (police)