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1st Aug '17 5:08:31 AM TheWanderer
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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]].

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* ''All'' the cops in ''Film/SuperTroopers'', with the grand exception Ursula, fit this trope. trope to at least some degree. The Highway cops cover are mostly incompetent, and are usually too busy goofing off, and off or playing games to do their jobs right. The Locals fills out bad. Beside total assheads, town police are bad, since they're [[spoiler:running [[{{Jerkass}} unapologetic asshats]] who are more focused on their rivalry with the highway cops than doing their jobs, they're also [[spoiler:corrupt and running protection for a drug running ring]].
22nd Jul '17 7:26:00 AM Grudgeal
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' this trope is commonplace. Thanks to [[LawEnforcementInc many police forces worldwide being privatized]] and given incentive to turn a profit and nothing else, police in low-income areas tend to be staffed by the worst the precinct has to offer. Corruption and PoliceBrutality are common, and many police officers hold [[FantasticRacism metahuman prejudice]] that gets overlooked as long as their employers do not complain. And then there are the [=CorpSec=] outfits, which supply the [[MegaCorps megas]] with in-house security, which makes the public police look professional by comparison.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' this trope is commonplace. Thanks to [[LawEnforcementInc many police forces worldwide being privatized]] and given incentive to turn a profit and nothing else, police in low-income areas tend to be staffed by the worst the precinct has to offer. Corruption and PoliceBrutality are common, and many police officers hold [[FantasticRacism metahuman prejudice]] that gets overlooked as long as their employers do not complain. And then there are the [=CorpSec=] outfits, which supply the [[MegaCorps [[MegaCorp megas]] with in-house security, which makes the public police look professional by comparison.
22nd Jul '17 7:25:25 AM Grudgeal
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' this trope is commonplace globally. Thanks to [[LawEnforcementInc many police forces worldwide being privatized]] and given incentive to turn a profit and nothing else, police in low-income areas tend to be staffed by the worst the precinct has to offer. Corruption and PoliceBrutality is common, and many police officers hold [[FantasticRacism metahuman prejudice]] that gets overlooked as long as their employers do not complain.

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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' this trope is commonplace globally.commonplace. Thanks to [[LawEnforcementInc many police forces worldwide being privatized]] and given incentive to turn a profit and nothing else, police in low-income areas tend to be staffed by the worst the precinct has to offer. Corruption and PoliceBrutality is are common, and many police officers hold [[FantasticRacism metahuman prejudice]] that gets overlooked as long as their employers do not complain.complain. And then there are the [=CorpSec=] outfits, which supply the [[MegaCorps megas]] with in-house security, which makes the public police look professional by comparison.
22nd Jul '17 7:23:40 AM Grudgeal
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* In ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' this trope is commonplace globally. Thanks to [[LawEnforcementInc many police forces worldwide being privatized]] and given incentive to turn a profit and nothing else, police in low-income areas tend to be staffed by the worst the precinct has to offer. Corruption and PoliceBrutality is common, and many police officers hold [[FantasticRacism metahuman prejudice]] that gets overlooked as long as their employers do not complain.
12th Jul '17 11:56:40 PM StrangeBro
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* Most of Cole Phelps' partners in ''VideoGame/LANoire'' fall into this: Rusty Galloway is an alcoholic, [[RabidCop violently aggressive]] {{jerkass}}, Roy Earle is an ''extremely'' DirtyCop, and Herschel Biggs is an apathetic burnout who [[ShellShockedVeteran never got over his PTSD from World War I.]] Only Stefan Bekowsky is an honest and hard-working cop, but even he's dismissed by Earle as a "pushover."
20th Apr '17 12:53:34 AM marcoasalazarm
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* 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 TookALevelInBadass]]

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* 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.terrible (talking about a '''400%''' increase in crime rate "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 TookALevelInBadass]]
30th Jan '17 10:15:31 PM BURGINABC
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* In ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'', the policemen were... well, let's just say that they didn't take a kid, a group of kids, or even a teacher at a school seriously when they tried to report strange activities going on at the same school, and even outright mocked them.
16th Dec '16 9:09:47 AM Anicomicgeek
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* ''Leon [=/=] Film/TheProfessional'': Cops seen are violent, corrupt psychos, or jackbooted 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. They also wear bulky armor that is completely [[ArmorIsUseless useless]].

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* Creator/LucBesson is pretty fond of this trope:
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''Leon [=/=] Film/TheProfessional'': Cops Film/TheProfessional'', cops seen are violent, corrupt psychos, or jackbooted 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 ** In ''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]].useless]].
** All cops seen in ''Film/TheTransporter'' 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.]]
** In ''Film/{{Taken}}'', all cops in the movie are either terrible at preventing anything bad from happening, or are [[spoiler:actively supporting the human trafficking ring the protagonist is fighting]].
** For the matter, ''Film/{{Taxi}}'' isn't much better on that respect.



* ''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.]]



* The Creator/LucBesson film ''Film/{{Taken}}''. All cops in the movie are either terrible at preventing anything bad from happening, or are [[spoiler:actively supporting the human trafficking ring the protagonist is fighting]].
* 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''. We're sensing a pattern here...
5th Dec '16 9:58:58 AM Morgenthaler
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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 comes close to apprehending 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]]''.''Film/FastFive''. 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 comes close to apprehending Dom in the film.
5th Dec '16 9:58:00 AM Morgenthaler
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The cops in ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' are violent and stupid... and portrayed as pigs, naturally.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'', the policemen were... well, let's just say that they didn't take a kid, a group of kids, or even a teacher at a school seriously when they tried to report strange activities going on at the same school, and even outright mocked them.
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* The cops in ''WesternAnimation/FritzTheCat'' are violent and stupid... and portrayed as pigs, naturally.
* In ''WesternAnimation/RecessSchoolsOut'', the policemen were... well, let's just say that they didn't take a kid, a group of kids, or even a teacher at a school seriously when they tried to report strange activities going on at the same school, and even outright mocked them.
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