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1st Sep '16 8:58:24 PM Sonic5421
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* The entire police force in Rio are incompetent for failing to stop Dom and Brian in the finale chase in ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast Five]]''. Only Hobbs come close to apprehend Dom in the film.

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* The entire police force in Rio are incompetent for failing to stop Dom and Brian in the finale chase in ''[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious Fast Five]]''. Given that all of them were corrupt and on the payroll of the BigBad, they got what they deserved for betraying the police code for greed. Only Hobbs come comes close to apprehend apprehending Dom in the film.
25th Aug '16 5:52:44 PM merotoker
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* ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}''s city Bludhaven is even worse than Gotham -- its police force is on the mob's payroll.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}''s ''ComicBook/{{Nightwing}}'''s city Bludhaven is even worse than Gotham -- its police force is on the mob's payroll.



** However, at the rate in which he does or does not do anything about it, he could be considered by some to be a bad cop for his abiding of corruption. In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Harvey calls him out on his continued staffing (in order to actually ''have'' a staff) of people shown to be dirty by Internal Affairs, [[spoiler: which gets Rachel Dawes killed, among other things]]. In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[spoiler: the true events of The Dark Knight come to light, causing Gordon to be a BrokenPedestal, especially to Det. Blake, who is disgusted with him]]. Both times he responds with "IDidWhatIHadToDo", which sounds like it's more meant to convince himself.
* While sizeable portion of the police force in ''Film/SinCity'' are either {{dirty|Cop}} or {{corrupt|Cop}}, it also subverts this as the rest are honest, decent, or just "a working stiff with a mortgage and a wife and a pile of kids", who are either powerless to do anything about the corruption alone, or not willing to risk their careers, lives and reputation. Cops like Hartigan, Mort (until he met [[TheVamp Ava Lord]]), and "Jackie Boy" Rafferty, who was a straight up hero cop before he became burnt out and worn down from years on the force, reaching rock bottom and the level we see in "The Big, Fat Kill".
* The London precinct in ''Film/HotFuzz'' actually transfers their one good cop so he doesn't make them look bad. [[spoiler:They try to get him back in the end because without him the numbers are terrible.]] It wasn't so much a matter of them being incompetent, as him being super-competent. The cops in Sandford village however definitely qualify for this trope. [[spoiler:At least until they TakeALevelInBadass]]

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** However, at the rate in which he does or does not do anything about it, he could be considered by some to be a bad cop for his abiding of corruption. In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', Harvey calls him out on his continued staffing (in order to actually ''have'' a staff) of people shown to be dirty by Internal Affairs, [[spoiler: which gets Rachel Dawes killed, among other things]]. In ''Film/TheDarkKnightRises'', [[spoiler: the true events of The ''The Dark Knight Knight'' come to light, causing Gordon to be a BrokenPedestal, especially to Det. Blake, who is disgusted with him]]. Both times he responds with "IDidWhatIHadToDo", which sounds like it's more meant to convince himself.
* While a sizeable portion of the police force in ''Film/SinCity'' are either {{dirty|Cop}} or {{corrupt|Cop}}, it also subverts this as the rest are honest, decent, or just "a working stiff with a mortgage and a wife and a pile of kids", who are either powerless to do anything about the corruption alone, or not willing to risk their careers, lives and reputation. Cops like Hartigan, Mort (until he met [[TheVamp Ava Lord]]), and "Jackie Boy" Rafferty, who was a straight up hero cop before he became burnt out and worn down from years on the force, reaching rock bottom and the level we see in "The Big, Fat Kill".
* The London precinct in ''Film/HotFuzz'' actually transfers their one good cop so he doesn't make them look bad. [[spoiler:They try to get him back in the end because without him the numbers are terrible.]] It wasn't so much a matter of them being incompetent, as him being super-competent. The cops in Sandford village however definitely qualify for this trope. [[spoiler:At least until they TakeALevelInBadass]]TookALevelInBadass]]



* In ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', George and Dim are as violent and vicious as cops as they were in their respective gangs. Also, the only scene in which they're shown (as cops) has them being concerned with revenge, as Alex was known to [[GrokkingTheHorrorshow tolchock]] both of them repeatedly.

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* In ''Film/AClockworkOrange'', George and Dim are as violent and vicious as cops as they were in their respective gangs. Also, the only scene in which they're shown (as cops) has them being concerned with revenge, as Alex was known to [[GrokkingTheHorrorshow [[{{Neologism}} tolchock]] both of them repeatedly.



* ''All'' the cops in ''Film/SuperTroopers'', with the grand exception Ursula, fit this trope. The Highway cops cover incompetent, usually too busy goofing off, and playing games to do their jobs right. The Locals fills out bad. Beside total assheads, they're [[spoiler:running protection for a drug running ring.]]

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* ''All'' the cops in ''Film/SuperTroopers'', with the grand exception Ursula, fit this trope. The Highway cops cover incompetent, usually too busy goofing off, and playing games to do their jobs right. The Locals fills out bad. Beside total assheads, they're [[spoiler:running protection for a drug running ring.]]ring]].



** And then subverted in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', where Detective Bobby Fulbright is both remarkably good ''and'' remarkably bad at his job, while the prosecutor seems to be less concerned with justice than with victory (as per usual). The subversion comes when [[spoiler: Fulbright is revealed to be TheMole, and all his competence and incompetence was just a ploy for him to advance his own agenda.]]

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** And then subverted in ''[[VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyDualDestinies Dual Destinies]]'', where Detective Bobby Fulbright is both remarkably good ''and'' remarkably bad at his job, while the prosecutor seems to be less concerned with justice than with victory (as per usual). The subversion comes when [[spoiler: Fulbright is revealed to be TheMole, and all his competence and incompetence was just a ploy for him to advance his own agenda.]]agenda]].



* Chief Wiggum from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Although the Chief and his men tend to lean more towards [[CluelessDeputy ignorant and bumbling]]. They can be corrupt but aren't usually viciously corrupt like most of the examples listed in this trope, Although they are corrupt, no doubt about that. The motto engraved into their badges is ''"Cash Bribes Only."''

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* Chief Wiggum from ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. Although the Chief and his men tend to lean more towards [[CluelessDeputy ignorant and bumbling]]. They can be corrupt but aren't usually viciously corrupt like most of the examples listed in this trope, Although trope (although they are corrupt, no doubt about that. that.) The motto engraved into their badges is ''"Cash Bribes Only."''



** Later seasons whole police department full of complete idiots. The department serves as a parody of "Cop Drama" shows and movies. In addition to supreme idiocy and disregard for legality in most cases, the South Park P.D. also resort to violence at a pin drop, savagely beating any suspect to a pulp regardless of their compliance (unless, of course, they suspect the person for logical reasons), and ventilating anyone who doesn't respond to a confrontation fast enough.

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** Later seasons have a whole police department full of complete idiots. The department serves as a parody of "Cop Drama" shows and movies. In addition to supreme idiocy and disregard for legality in most cases, the South Park P.D. also resort to violence at a pin drop, savagely beating any suspect to a pulp regardless of their compliance (unless, of course, they suspect the person for logical reasons), and ventilating anyone who doesn't respond to a confrontation fast enough.



* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': Sheriff Stone of Crystal Cove is so inept that Scooby-Doo looks him in the eye and calls him the worst police officer he's ever met. Stone's response is to growl that the talking dog has been talking to his lawyer again. The sheriff is more willing to allow fake monsters to terrorize Crystal Cove as it would attract tourist to the town, no matter how dangerous they truly are. He improves in the second season, but it's obvious that he's mostly doing it to impress the new mayor, Janet Nettles, whom he has a crush on.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': Sheriff Stone of Crystal Cove is so inept that Scooby-Doo looks him in the eye and calls him the worst police officer he's ever met. Stone's response is to growl that the talking dog has been talking to his lawyer again. The sheriff is more willing to allow fake monsters to terrorize Crystal Cove as it would attract tourist tourists to the town, no matter how dangerous they truly are. He improves in the second season, but it's obvious that he's mostly doing it to impress the new mayor, Janet Nettles, whom he has a crush on.
24th Jun '16 8:17:03 AM sgamer82
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* It seems that Dect. Jim Lipton's main task in ''Film/DeadSilence'' is to harass the main character Jamie with every possible ways he can come up to. He claims the protagonists main clue as an evidence, almost stalks Jamie when trying to prove that he killed his wife, tries to arrest him with no reason and when Jamies refuses the arrest, Lipton ends up chasing him -- an unarmed man -- with a shotgun and probably wouldn't have hesitated to shoot him either. Not to mention, he is LawfulStupid to the core, refusing to accept the facts around him. [[spoiler: Of course, he is useful with his shotgun when it comes up with destroying Shaw's dolls, but I bet we all were happy to see him die]]

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* It seems that Dect. Det. Jim Lipton's main task in ''Film/DeadSilence'' is to harass the main character Jamie with in every possible ways way he can come up to. with. He claims the protagonists protagonist's main clue as an evidence, almost stalks Jamie when trying to prove that he killed his wife, tries to arrest him with no reason and and, when Jamies refuses the arrest, Lipton ends up chasing him -- an unarmed man -- with a shotgun and probably wouldn't have hesitated to shoot him either. Not to mention, he He is also LawfulStupid to the core, refusing to accept the facts around him. [[spoiler: Of course, he is useful with his shotgun when it comes up with destroying Shaw's dolls, but I bet we all were happy to see him die]]him.
9th Jun '16 12:49:33 PM MarcInGA
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* The 70's anthology show Police Story had several:
** A true story involved a patrol officer who carelessly opened a box with a bomb in it getting one of his hands (and one hand of his partner) blown off. The second officer (eventually nicknamed "Captain Hook") came back to the force despite having a hook for his primary hand.
** Another was the inspiration for the series SWAT had a detective put in charge of the SWAT team making more and more mistakes, getting someone killed and eventually having a complete breakdown during a crisis. He then came back in another assignment.
** One had a patrol officer who was too lackadaisical about his job, then gorging on junk food making him too sick to go out. His partner wound up alone and was killed on duty for lack of backup. He then quit the force.
18th May '16 2:19:48 PM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/{{Fallen Angel|1945}}'': Mark Judd is a former NYC cop [[spoiler: who murders Stella, Eric Straton's girlfriend]].

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* ''Film/{{Fallen Angel|1945}}'': Mark Judd is a former NYC cop [[spoiler: who murders Stella, Eric Straton's Stanton's girlfriend]].
17th May '16 11:54:20 AM LongTallShorty64
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* ''Film/{{Fallen Angel|1945}}'': Mark Judd is a former NYC cop [[spoiler: who murders Stella, Eric Straton's girlfriend]].
14th Apr '16 7:19:35 PM TargetOnMyBack
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** ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'', the sequel to ''Kuuga'' (Kuuga and Agito are shown to be part of the same canon. In the Agito arc of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' it's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d) is perhaps a close(er then others) second; while the police in general can't do anything to the MonsterOfTheWeek, they did make the G3 system, something that could fight them...granted it started out pretty useless(even in it's debut fight)...and the only real reason it's first user even became it's first user was to buy his silence about an event they didn't want people to know about (not that he knew about this, he thought he got it because he was the best man for the job)

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** ''Series/KamenRiderAgito'', the sequel to ''Kuuga'' (Kuuga and Agito are shown to be part of the same canon. In the Agito arc of ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'' it's even {{lampshade|Hanging}}d) is perhaps a close(er then than others) second; while the police in general can't do anything to the MonsterOfTheWeek, they did make the G3 system, something that could fight them...granted it started out pretty useless(even in it's debut fight)...and the only real reason it's first user even became it's first user was to buy his silence about an event they didn't want people to know about (not that he knew about this, he thought he got it because he was the best man for the job)
6th Apr '16 2:10:52 PM FurryKef
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* The police in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is ineffectual, utterly corrupt and unwilling to take even the slightest step towards keeping order in [[WretchedHive Roanapur]]... And [[VillainProtagonist most of the cast like it that way]]. At one point the police join in on a manhunt against someone who's got a bounty on their heads by one of the city's mafia leaders, much to her disgust. And that's not even taking into account the backstory of the main female character, Revvy, as a ''child'' in New York, at the "tender mercies" of the NYPD.

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* The police in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is ineffectual, utterly corrupt and unwilling to take even the slightest step towards keeping order in [[WretchedHive Roanapur]]... And [[VillainProtagonist most of the cast like it that way]]. At one point the police join in on a manhunt against someone who's got a bounty on their heads by one of the city's mafia leaders, much to her disgust. And that's not even taking into account the backstory of the main female character, Revvy, Revy, as a ''child'' in New York, at the "tender mercies" of the NYPD.
1st Feb '16 1:40:29 AM sareforholdingthings
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* A [[http://www.bitercomics.com/comic/inside-job/ hit and run]] is reported and one officer seems eager to go take care of it, right after he hoses a bit of blood off his car in a ''Webcomic/BiterComics'' strip.
10th Jan '16 12:52:02 PM StFan
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->''"Bad cops, bad cops\\

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We don't mind using excessive force"''
-->-- '''''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'''''

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We don't mind using excessive force"''
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[[folder: Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/DominionTankPolice'' has an entire police force filled with lunatic CowboyCop types who see nothing wrong with destroying private property in pursuit of evildoers.
** And they're the GOOD guys! [[spoiler: In the managa? They're so bad, that the bad guy gets away scot free...turns out he was the REAL protagonist.]]
* The police in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is ineffectual, utterly corrupt and unwilling to take even the slightest step towards keeping order in [[WretchedHive Roanapur]]... And [[VillainProtagonist most of the cast like it that way]]. At one point the police join in on a manhunt against someone who's got a bounty on their heads by one of the city's mafia leaders, much to her disgust.
** And that's not even taking into account the backstory of the main female character, Revvy, as a ''child'' in New York, at the "tender mercies" of the NYPD.

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[[folder: Anime [[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/DominionTankPolice'' has an entire police force filled with lunatic CowboyCop types who see nothing wrong with destroying private property in pursuit of evildoers.
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evildoers. And they're the GOOD guys! [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the managa? manga? They're so bad, that the bad guy gets away scot free...free... turns out he was the REAL protagonist.]]
* The police in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is ineffectual, utterly corrupt and unwilling to take even the slightest step towards keeping order in [[WretchedHive Roanapur]]... And [[VillainProtagonist most of the cast like it that way]]. At one point the police join in on a manhunt against someone who's got a bounty on their heads by one of the city's mafia leaders, much to her disgust.
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disgust. And that's not even taking into account the backstory of the main female character, Revvy, as a ''child'' in New York, at the "tender mercies" of the NYPD.



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* ''Comicbook/GothamCentral'' takes the already-established corruption of the Gotham City Police Department (see above) and places an entire series within its ranks. It deals with the Major Crimes Unit, the portion of the department that is tasked with dealing with "freaks" (supervillains) and other major crimes, and is the only consistently honest branch in the entire department. Each member of the MCU is handpicked by the commissioner of police (originally Commissioner Gordon, and then Commissioner Akins once Gordon retires) to insure a modicum of integrity, and throughout the series they are forced to butt heads (often violently) with other departments who disagree on what constitutes "proper" policework. Even when they themselves are honest they cannot get much accomplished since everybody else is working against them, and they are often forced to accept when police corruption lets a guilty man go free since "it's Gotham."
* Commissaris Bullebas in ''Comicbook/TomPoes''.

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* ''Comicbook/GothamCentral'' ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' takes the already-established corruption of the Gotham City Police Department (see above) and places an entire series within its ranks. It deals with the Major Crimes Unit, the portion of the department that is tasked with dealing with "freaks" (supervillains) and other major crimes, and is the only consistently honest branch in the entire department. Each member of the MCU is handpicked by the commissioner of police (originally Commissioner Gordon, and then Commissioner Akins once Gordon retires) to insure a modicum of integrity, and throughout the series they are forced to butt heads (often violently) with other departments who disagree on what constitutes "proper" policework. Even when they themselves are honest they cannot get much accomplished since everybody else is working against them, and they are often forced to accept when police corruption lets a guilty man go free since "it's Gotham."
* Commissaris Bullebas in ''Comicbook/TomPoes''.''ComicBook/TomPoes''.



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* ''Leon [=/=] Film/TheProfessional'': All cops seen are violent, corrupt psychos, or jackbooted thugs.
** Only Stansfield and his gang (Malky shows some conscience but is still crooked cop) and they are pretty competent if completely [[DirtyCop crooked]]. Other cops are simply following their orders (i.e. they do what you would expect from a cop told to chase dangerous murderer).
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'': All cops seen are idiots or corrupt, and so disorganized that they get in the way of pretty much everyone.
** They also wear bulky armor that is completely [[ArmorIsUseless useless]].
* ''Film/TheTransporter'': All cops seen just... don't give a crap.
** Except Frank's French friend, who may well be too busy cooking to fight any crime.
*** Worst example. The BigBad's [[TheDragon Dragon]] stands in the middle of a street in broad daylight, shooting off twin uzis at Frank's car. A single cop car shows up to an event you would believe would receive several cops and at least one SWAT team. [[RedShirtArmy They get out of their car and tell the Dragon to drop her guns. She slowly turns, casually replaces the empty magazines with fresh ones, and proceeds to mow both cops down. They don't even fire a single shot off.]]
* It seems that Dect. Jim Lipton's main task in ''Film/DeadSilence'' is to harass the main character Jamie with every possible ways he can come up to. He claims the protagonists main clue as an evidence, almost stalks Jamie when trying to prove that he killed his wife, tries to arrest him with no reason and when Jamies refuses the arrest, Lipton ends up chasing him - an unarmed man - with a shotgun and probably wouldn't have hesitated to shoot him either. Not to mention, he is LawfulStupid to the core, refusing to accept the facts around him. [[spoiler: Of course, he is useful with his shotgun when it comes up with destroying Shaw's dolls, but I bet we all were happy to see him die]]

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* ''Leon [=/=] Film/TheProfessional'': All cops Cops seen are violent, corrupt psychos, or jackbooted thugs.
** Only
thugs. Mostly Stansfield and his gang (Malky shows some conscience but is still crooked cop) and they are pretty competent if completely [[DirtyCop crooked]]. Other cops are simply following their orders (i.e. they do what you would expect from a cop told to chase dangerous murderer).
* ''Film/TheFifthElement'': All cops seen are idiots or corrupt, and so disorganized that they get in the way of pretty much everyone.
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everyone. They also wear bulky armor that is completely [[ArmorIsUseless useless]].
* ''Film/TheTransporter'': All cops seen just... don't give a crap.
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crap. Except Frank's French friend, who may well be too busy cooking to fight any crime.
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crime. Worst example. The example: the BigBad's [[TheDragon Dragon]] stands in the middle of a street in broad daylight, shooting off twin uzis at Frank's car. A single cop car shows up to an event you would believe would receive several cops and at least one SWAT team. [[RedShirtArmy They get out of their car and tell the Dragon to drop her guns. She slowly turns, casually replaces the empty magazines with fresh ones, and proceeds to mow both cops down. They don't even fire a single shot off.]]
* It seems that Dect. Jim Lipton's main task in ''Film/DeadSilence'' is to harass the main character Jamie with every possible ways he can come up to. He claims the protagonists main clue as an evidence, almost stalks Jamie when trying to prove that he killed his wife, tries to arrest him with no reason and when Jamies refuses the arrest, Lipton ends up chasing him - -- an unarmed man - -- with a shotgun and probably wouldn't have hesitated to shoot him either. Not to mention, he is LawfulStupid to the core, refusing to accept the facts around him. [[spoiler: Of course, he is useful with his shotgun when it comes up with destroying Shaw's dolls, but I bet we all were happy to see him die]]



** Well, it's Luc Besson. For the matter, ''Film/{{Taxi}}'' isn't much better on that respect. ''The Fifth Element'' has already been mentioned.
*** As has ''Film/TheProfessional'' for that matter.
*** Also, ''Film/TheTransporter''. I'm sensing a pattern here...
* ''Film/LakeviewTerrace'': The racist cop harasses his neighbors, an inter-racial couple. The rest of the police force ignores it.
** The police force itself (and even the racist officer in question) aren't entirely corrupt, though. They're presumably just turning a blind eye on this particular case of abuse.
* There are elements of this in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', as well, as Gordon is apparently the only police officer who isn't corrupt or complicit. (Gotham PD is getting better by the start of ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.)
-->'''Flass:''' ''[after accepting a bribe]'' Don't suppose you want a taste? I just keep offering, thinking maybe someday you'll get wise.
-->'''Jim Gordon:''' There's nothing wise in what you do, Flass.
-->'''Flass:''' Well, Jimbo, you don't take the taste... makes us guys nervous.
-->'''Jim Gordon:''' I'm no rat! In a town this bent, who's there to rat to anyway?

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** * Well, it's Luc Besson. For the matter, ''Film/{{Taxi}}'' isn't much better on that respect. ''The Fifth Element'' has already been mentioned.
***
mentioned. As has ''Film/TheProfessional'' for that matter.
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matter. Also, ''Film/TheTransporter''. I'm We're sensing a pattern here...
* ''Film/LakeviewTerrace'': The racist cop harasses his neighbors, an inter-racial couple. The rest of the police force ignores it.
**
it. The police force itself (and even the racist officer in question) aren't entirely corrupt, though. They're presumably just turning a blind eye on this particular case of abuse.
* ''Film/TheDarkKnightTrilogy'':
**
There are elements of this in ''Film/BatmanBegins'', as well, as Gordon is apparently the only police officer who isn't corrupt or complicit. (Gotham PD is getting better by the start of ''Film/TheDarkKnight''.)
-->'''Flass:''' ''[after --->'''Flass:''' (''after accepting a bribe]'' bribe'') Don't suppose you want a taste? I just keep offering, thinking maybe someday you'll get wise.
-->'''Jim
wise.\\
'''Jim
Gordon:''' There's nothing wise in what you do, Flass.
-->'''Flass:'''
Flass.\\
'''Flass:'''
Well, Jimbo, you don't take the taste... makes us guys nervous.
-->'''Jim
nervous.\\
'''Jim
Gordon:''' I'm no rat! In a town this bent, who's there to rat to anyway?



* While sizeable portion of the police force in ''SinCity'' are either {{dirty|Cop}} or {{corrupt|Cop}}, it also subverts this as the rest are honest, decent, or just "a working stiff with a mortgage and a wife and a pile of kids", who are either powerless to do anything about the corruption alone, or not willing to risk their careers, lives and reputation. Cops like Hartigan, Mort (until he met [[TheVamp Ava Lord]]), and "Jackie Boy" Rafferty, who was a straight up hero cop before he became burnt out and worn down from years on the force, reaching rock bottom and the level we see in "The Big, Fat Kill".
* The London precinct in ''Film/HotFuzz'' actually transfers their one good cop so he doesn't make them look bad. [[spoiler: They try to get him back in the end because without him the numbers are terrible.]]
** It wasn't so much a matter of them being incompetent, as him being super-competent.
** The cops in Sandford village however definitely qualify for this trope.
*** [[spoiler: At least until they TakeALevelInBadass]]

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* While sizeable portion of the police force in ''SinCity'' ''Film/SinCity'' are either {{dirty|Cop}} or {{corrupt|Cop}}, it also subverts this as the rest are honest, decent, or just "a working stiff with a mortgage and a wife and a pile of kids", who are either powerless to do anything about the corruption alone, or not willing to risk their careers, lives and reputation. Cops like Hartigan, Mort (until he met [[TheVamp Ava Lord]]), and "Jackie Boy" Rafferty, who was a straight up hero cop before he became burnt out and worn down from years on the force, reaching rock bottom and the level we see in "The Big, Fat Kill".
* The London precinct in ''Film/HotFuzz'' actually transfers their one good cop so he doesn't make them look bad. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They try to get him back in the end because without him the numbers are terrible.]]
**
]] It wasn't so much a matter of them being incompetent, as him being super-competent.
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super-competent. The cops in Sandford village however definitely qualify for this trope.
*** [[spoiler: At
trope. [[spoiler:At least until they TakeALevelInBadass]]



* Sheriff Winston Hoyt from ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003'' remake, who’s eventually revealed [[spoiler:to be Charlie Hewitt Jr., a member of Leatherface's depraved cannibal family]]. Most other cops who have appeared throughout the series are usually depicted as dumb and incompetent, or are just faceless victims.

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* Sheriff Winston Hoyt from ''Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacre2003'' remake, who’s who's eventually revealed [[spoiler:to be Charlie Hewitt Jr., a member of Leatherface's depraved cannibal family]]. Most other cops who have appeared throughout the series are usually depicted as dumb and incompetent, or are just faceless victims.



* The cops shown in ''Film/{{Crash}}'' are all racist - even the ones who aren't.

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* The cops shown in ''Film/{{Crash}}'' are all racist - -- even the ones who aren't.



* In ''Film/SurLaPisteDuMarsupilami'', the [[LatinLand Chiquito]] policemen aren't very concerned with upholding the law, for example ignoring an attempted mugging a dozen meters away. (And the mugger is ''trying'' to get arrested.)



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* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': Rosco P. Coltrane, in many instances aside from his frequent inability to catch the Duke boys and his poor driving skills. For instance, his inattentiveness to several "10 Most Wanted" suspects he has arrested allows the criminal(s) to escape. In another episode, he (along with Boss Hogg) are smitten by a beautiful, conniving woman they have just hired as a deputy; a simple background check would have found she was the boyfriend of a syndicate bank robber and murderer (one who was to spend the night in Hazzard). In the later episode "Enos' Last Chance," Rosco's arrests an escaped syndicate criminal convicted of murder and robbery, but when he brings him to the courthouse for booking, uncuffs him and briefly turns his back, the wily criminal escapes!
** Enos Strate, who has been shown to be a competent lawman on many occasions, even slips up once in awhile. His biggest mistake came in the 1983 episode "Too Many Roscoes," where he gets upset when Rosco's double (an experienced bank robber) flubs simple facts ... and he is unable to call him on this when "Rosco" recalls a scheduled armored car delivery to exact detail.

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* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'': ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'':
**
Rosco P. Coltrane, in many instances aside from his frequent inability to catch the Duke boys and his poor driving skills. For instance, his inattentiveness to several "10 Most Wanted" suspects he has arrested allows the criminal(s) to escape. In another episode, he (along with Boss Hogg) are smitten by a beautiful, conniving woman they have just hired as a deputy; a simple background check would have found she was the boyfriend of a syndicate bank robber and murderer (one who was to spend the night in Hazzard). In the later episode "Enos' Last Chance," Chance", Rosco's arrests an escaped syndicate criminal convicted of murder and robbery, but when he brings him to the courthouse for booking, uncuffs him and briefly turns his back, the wily criminal escapes!
** Enos Strate, who has been shown to be a competent lawman on many occasions, even slips up once in awhile. His biggest mistake came in the 1983 episode "Too Many Roscoes," Roscoes", where he gets upset when Rosco's double (an experienced bank robber) flubs simple facts ...facts... and he is unable to call him on this when "Rosco" recalls a scheduled armored car delivery to exact detail.



* Turn ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' 180 degrees, and you've pretty much got ''Series/TheShield''.
** With the caveat that just about every cop in the department ''is'' focused on catching criminals, and they ultimately are quite effective. Their methods leave something to be desired, though: only Dutch Wagenbach is show to be consistently honest, and even he turns to the RabidCop in the pilot.

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* Turn ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' 180 degrees, and you've pretty much got ''Series/TheShield''.
**
''Series/TheShield''. With the caveat that just about every cop in the department ''is'' focused on catching criminals, and they ultimately are quite effective. Their methods leave something to be desired, though: only Dutch Wagenbach is show to be consistently honest, and even he turns to the RabidCop in the pilot.



* 99% of the [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Sunnydale]] police department is either corrupt, or "deeply stupid."

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'': 99% of the [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Sunnydale]] Sunnydale police department is either corrupt, or "deeply stupid."stupid".



* ''Series/PrisonBreak'': Except for the Warden (whose naively oblivious), the other [=COs=] at Fox River are corrupt. And technically all are incompetent, considering the escape.
-->'''DOC Member''': Why did these inmates have so much time to dig a hole in the floor of the guards break room while working prison industries?
** Then the show brings us Agent Mahone (who goes around [[spoiler: killing the escapees because he's being blackmailed for killing a different criminal earlier in his career.)]]
** And Agent Self.
* While ''Series/BurnNotice'' is fairly realistic in everything it portrays save its hyper-competent conspiracies and cops are usually very useful for Michael Weston, even though they're also usually (justifiably) after him, sometimes you wonder how neglectful the Miami Metro-police is considering how often Michael finds himself in a siege against non-silenced fully automatic armed thugs that never, ever even try to be subtle and take every chance to empty a magazine. In the middle of the city. For hours. With no policemen ever in sight.
** One of the worst examples is in the finale of season 4. A literal army of thugs are accompanying [[spoiler: Voughn]] to corner Michael into a non-finished hotel in the middle of the city, shooting whenever he pops his head out, and the police only ever shows when Michael sends out a signal to the police with the highest possible alert. And even then it only takes a little obfuscating from upwards in the chain of command for the full force to just ignore the shootings literally down the bloc.

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* ''Series/PrisonBreak'': ''Series/PrisonBreak'':
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Except for the Warden (whose (who's naively oblivious), the other [=COs=] at Fox River are corrupt. And technically all are incompetent, considering the escape.
-->'''DOC Member''': --->'''DOC Member:''' Why did these inmates have so much time to dig a hole in the floor of the guards break room while working prison industries?
** Then the show brings us Agent Mahone (who goes around [[spoiler: killing [[spoiler:killing the escapees because he's being blackmailed for killing a different criminal earlier in his career.)]]
**
)]] And Agent Self.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'':
**
While ''Series/BurnNotice'' the show is fairly realistic in everything it portrays save its hyper-competent conspiracies and cops are usually very useful for Michael Weston, even though they're also usually (justifiably) after him, sometimes you wonder how neglectful the Miami Metro-police is considering how often Michael finds himself in a siege against non-silenced fully automatic armed thugs that never, ever even try to be subtle and take every chance to empty a magazine. In the middle of the city. For hours. With no policemen ever in sight.
** One of the worst examples is in the finale of season 4. A literal army of thugs are accompanying [[spoiler: Voughn]] [[spoiler:Voughn]] to corner Michael into a non-finished hotel in the middle of the city, shooting whenever he pops his head out, and the police only ever shows when Michael sends out a signal to the police with the highest possible alert. And even then it only takes a little obfuscating from upwards in the chain of command for the full force to just ignore the shootings literally down the bloc.



---> '''Bad Cop''':; You better start talking Nogsey, or I'll feed you to the sharks... (nudges Manny to play good cop)
---> '''Manny:'''(awkwardly)...................You have... beautiful eyes...
** He finally snaps under the pressure when the other policeman leaves him in the room with a suspect. Luckily, his mad babbling freaks the suspect out so much he winds up confessing.

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---> '''Bad Cop''':; -->'''Bad Cop:''' You better start talking Nogsey, or I'll feed you to the sharks... (nudges (''nudges Manny to play good cop)
---> '''Manny:'''(awkwardly)...................
cop'')\\
'''Manny:''' (''awkwardly'') ...
You have... beautiful eyes...
** :: He finally snaps under the pressure when the other policeman leaves him in the room with a suspect. Luckily, his mad babbling freaks the suspect out so much he winds up confessing.



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* The Podunkton police force from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Officer Tod is a former mob enforcer who lets the town's VigilanteMan do all the work, while Deputy Edsel, upon seeing the police station is on fire, runs home to call the police station and report it.
** Seeing as how the town ''used'' to be completely controlled by drug-runners, it's likely that competent honest cops wouldn't have had a very good life expectancy.

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* The Podunkton police force from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Officer Tod is a former mob enforcer who lets the town's VigilanteMan do all the work, while Deputy Edsel, upon seeing the police station is on fire, runs home to call the police station and report it.
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it. Seeing as how the town ''used'' to be completely controlled by drug-runners, it's likely that competent competent, honest cops wouldn't have had a very good life expectancy.



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* Officer Barbrady on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark.''

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* Officer Barbrady on ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark.''''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''.



-->'''Leela''': (after stopping them from savagely beating Fry) You guys were out of control!\\
'''Smitty''': That's our job! We're peace officers!\\
'''URL''': You gotta do what you gotta do.

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-->'''Leela''': (after -->'''Leela:''' (''after stopping them from savagely beating Fry) Fry'') You guys were out of control!\\
'''Smitty''': '''Smitty:''' That's our job! We're peace officers!\\
'''URL''': '''URL:''' You gotta do what you gotta do.



* Sheriff Stone of Crystal Cove is so inept that [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated Scooby-Doo looks him in the eye]] and calls him the worst police officer he's ever met. Stone's response is to growl that the talking dog has been talking to his lawyer again. The sheriff was more willing to allowing fake monsters to terrorize Crystal Cove as it would attract tourist to the town, no matter how dangerous they truly are.
** He improves in the second season, but it's obvious that he's mostly doing it to impress the new mayor, Janet Nettles, whom he has a crush on.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', this was subverted, except for one cop named Mike Brikowski, who, after being fired, managed to get Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup in a trap made of an air tank filled with knockout gas, a crane, reinforced chains (made by Mojo Jojo), and a vat of acid within the police impound. His own fellow officers busted him.

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* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated'': Sheriff Stone of Crystal Cove is so inept that [[WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooMysteryIncorporated Scooby-Doo looks him in the eye]] eye and calls him the worst police officer he's ever met. Stone's response is to growl that the talking dog has been talking to his lawyer again. The sheriff was is more willing to allowing allow fake monsters to terrorize Crystal Cove as it would attract tourist to the town, no matter how dangerous they truly are.
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are. He improves in the second season, but it's obvious that he's mostly doing it to impress the new mayor, Janet Nettles, whom he has a crush on.
on.
* In ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'', ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'' this was is subverted, except for one cop named Mike Brikowski, who, after being fired, managed manages to get Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup in a trap made of an air tank filled with knockout gas, a crane, reinforced chains (made by Mojo Jojo), and a vat of acid within the police impound. His own fellow officers busted bust him.



* The Philippine National Police, which is notorious for tolerating unbridled corruption, particularly in the form of petty traffic bribery. They are also known to torture and beat up small-time offenders in their custody—an Amnesty International affiliate revealed they used a ''[[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/28/philippines-police-wheel-of-torture-game wheel of torture]]'' on their victims.
* In {{UsefulNotes/Chicago}} during the Prohibition-era, just about all of the Chicago Police Department was pretty much in UsefulNotes/AlCapone's pockets.
** Even now, although far better than the Prohibition-era, Chicago Police are known for being very corrupt/incompetent by American standards.

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* The Philippine National Police, which is notorious for tolerating unbridled corruption, particularly in the form of petty traffic bribery. They are also known to torture and beat up small-time offenders in their custody—an custody -- an Amnesty International affiliate revealed they used a ''[[http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jan/28/philippines-police-wheel-of-torture-game wheel of torture]]'' on their victims.
* In {{UsefulNotes/Chicago}} UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} during the Prohibition-era, just about all of the Chicago Police Department was pretty much in UsefulNotes/AlCapone's pockets.
**
pockets. Even now, although far better than the Prohibition-era, Chicago Police are known for being very corrupt/incompetent by American standards.



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