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dragnet

1. a heavy or weighted net used to scour the bottom of a pond, river, etc., as when searching for something
2. any system of coordinated efforts by police forces to track down wanted persons

Dragnet

radio show in which justice is always served. [Radio: Buxton, 73]
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They believe the use of dragnets could wipe out small fish, like whitebait, which are a crucial link in the food chain.
Head of the fishermen's association, Christodoulos Charalambous, said the government's decision to allow dragnets could be catastrophic for the industry.
She also examines the ways in which reformers sought to control the symbolic terrain through which citizens encountered the police, such as the use of radio programs to both publicize the use of dragnets to apprehend criminals and make that activity popular with citizens.
However, these American dragnets have been generally unsuccessful in identifying the perpetrator and unpopular due to concerns about constitutional violations.
This distance, combined with large-scale sweeps that drew the innocent as well as the guilty into police dragnets, meant that in South Central the old saw about the police as an army of occupation carried more than just a ring of truth.
Only three weeks ago did local officials rid the area of Mexican shrimp boats that used dragnets in the area to catch, well .