a military or police force operating in space
If he was a space-pirate, he was not one like the earlier space-buccaneers whose atrocities had roused a fury that had swept them out of existence… By the end of his week of relief Evans’ nerves were ragged and he was longing for the peacefulness of the space patrol.
His master, Pilot Venn of the Space Patrol, ruffled the Kotoley’s head.
At Hawley’s smiling nod, Riggs picked up the thick, blue-bound volume prepared by the scientists of the Space Patrol for classroom use, and riffled its pages before finding his place.
The rebel ship was overtaken and destroyed by the space patrol, just a few hours ago.
Lanarck stood silent and grim. The girl must be either a fool or very desperate. This was a hostile space she was entering. In another day or so she’d be slicing the fringe of the Clantlalan System, where the far-flung space patrol of that dark and inimical empire blasted without warning all approaching vessels.
Now, we got you instead, no chance of getting the ransom money, and to top it all off, we’ll be wanted for piracy by the Space Patrol.
Ordinary shipments of treasure by spacecraft were routinely put under the special protection of the Space Patrol.
Angus Thermopyle, an extremely ugly pirate on the run from the space-patrol cruiser, captures Morn.
They asked me to give you their thanks, for keeping me alive. They also put a protective air and space patrol over Summit for tonight. In the morning they’ll be down with transport to take me home.
As Earth has always been, it remains the sleazy-media center of the Galactic Empire. Anything that happens there gets more attention than it deserves, just because it happens there. And so there was an enormous hue and cry. Something Must Be Done! Who got to do it? Why, the Space Patrol, of course. Specifically, Space Cadet Rufus Q. Shupillulimash, a Bon of Bons, a noble of nobles... a fat overgrown hamster with delusions of gender.
Edmond Hamilton, in Air Wonder Stories
Note:Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1960s reprint of Neil R. Jones's 1935 story "Space War", but this only referred to a patrol in space, rather than an organization that sends out such patrols
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