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19th Nov '16 6:14:03 PM JoieDeCombat
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* ''Anime/SailorMoon'':
** The debut episode for Sailor Mars includes a heroic example. When Usagi finds out that the disappearing buses had been hijacked by Dark Kingdom agents, she boards one disguised as a cop and tries to arrest the driver. It backfires on her as she ends up being forced into another dimension along with the bus.
** Three episodes later, this gets subverted when it turns out the security guards attacking the Sailor Soldiers are not only fake cops, they're also fake ''humans''! That's right, Jedite created them from scratch and sent them to attack the Sailor Soldiers as part of a backup BatmanGambit in case they ended up defeating him. Unfortunately for him, after his defeat, an impatient Queen Beryl committed [[YouHaveFailedMe an act]] of BondVillainStupidity, and he became just another case of DeathBySecretIdentity.
19th Nov '16 6:10:43 PM JoieDeCombat
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* There are few if any law enforcement agencies that the protagonists of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' don't impersonate at some point or other, from local police to the FBI to Homeland Security. [[TheHacker Hardison]] does most of the work setting up false identities and making or obtaining fake credentials for the team to flash around; in the season 3 episode "The Morning After Job" he makes up police identification for himself and Eliot which is so convincing they are able to successfully requisition a real police cruiser for their part of the con... and are then tapped to transport a prisoner and dragged into a domestic disturbance call because theirs is the closest car to the scene.

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* There are few if any law enforcement agencies that the protagonists of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' don't impersonate at some point or other, from local police to the FBI to Homeland Security. [[TheHacker Hardison]] Hardison does most of the work setting up false identities and making or obtaining fake credentials for the team to flash around; in the season 3 episode "The Morning After Job" he makes up police identification for himself and Eliot which is so convincing they are able to successfully requisition a real police cruiser for their part of the con... and are then tapped to transport a prisoner and dragged into a domestic disturbance call because theirs is the closest car to the scene.
19th Nov '16 6:09:22 PM JoieDeCombat
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* There are few if any law enforcement agencies that the protagonists of ''Series/{{Leverage}}'' don't impersonate at some point or other, from local police to the FBI to Homeland Security. [[TheHacker Hardison]] does most of the work setting up false identities and making or obtaining fake credentials for the team to flash around; in the season 3 episode "The Morning After Job" he makes up police identification for himself and Eliot which is so convincing they are able to successfully requisition a real police cruiser for their part of the con... and are then tapped to transport a prisoner and dragged into a domestic disturbance call because theirs is the closest car to the scene.
19th Nov '16 5:58:23 PM zarpaulus
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** Later, in the fourth movie of the series, he impersonates a ''judge''.
1st Nov '16 8:34:49 AM dmcreif
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* ''Series/BlueBloods''
**In "Down the Rabbit Hole," serial killer Thomas Wilder kidnaps Nicky Reagan while dressing as a police officer. He's still in the uniform when Danny catches up to him.
**In "The Price of Justice", Jamie and Edie are on loan to the NYPD Movie and TV Unit for the filming of a ''Series/RizzoliAndIsles''-esque cop show. A former cop is a special consultant hired to handle the "research", but it seems he does not grasp the reality of police tactics (like having female cops in heels, a big no-no in a foot chase), with Jamie and Eddie being more on-par with tactics. The consultant is outraged and threatens to report them to "their commanders", which confuses Eddie because in the NYPD, the correct terminology is "commanding officer." After a few more arguments where the man yells he's the expert, Jamie and Eddie get a detective to do some digging, and find that this "consultant" has never worked for the NYPD, and his only law enforcement experience is as a mall security guard in New Jersey. The consultant is fired in the end, though not for the fraud, but for sexual harassment.



* The ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger" concerned a police officer seen running away after seeing Sidney Teal get shot. Monk eventually found out that he was an actor in a cop costume that Teal had hired as part of [[EngineeredHeroics a scheme with his killer Archie Modine designed to impress Modine's date]].

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* The ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk and the Billionaire Mugger" concerned a police officer seen running away after seeing Sidney Teal get shot. Monk eventually found Turns out that he it was an actor in a cop costume that Teal had hired as part of [[EngineeredHeroics a scheme with his killer Archie Modine designed to impress Modine's date]].



** The NYPD turns up a lot in fiction set in New York City, to the point that there is a dedicated NYPD Movie and Television Unit that exists just to assist in live action works. The NYPD has regulations in place that are designed to avoid confusing real police cars and police officers with actors or movie cars. Namely, movie patrol cars are required to be assigned fictitious precinct numbers. The list of actual NYPD precincts goes from 1-123, but skips some numbers, due to various precincts changing their boundaries, closing or consolidating with others. The skipped numbers are used for fictional precincts. Common fictional precincts include the 12th precinct, the 54th precinct, the 15th precinct, and of course the 27th Precinct ("two-seven") from ''Series/LawAndOrder''. Movie NYPD units also tend to be shown with forward-facing blue lights on the dashboard, which you won't find on real NYPD units as New York state law prohibits facing-forward blue lights on police vehicles.

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** The NYPD turns up a lot in fiction set in New York City, to the point that there is a dedicated NYPD Movie and Television Unit that exists just to assist in live action works. The NYPD has regulations in place that are designed to avoid confusing real police cars and police officers with actors or movie cars. Namely, movie patrol cars are required to be assigned fictitious precinct numbers. The list of actual NYPD precincts goes from 1-123, but skips some numbers, due to various precincts changing their boundaries, closing or consolidating with others. The skipped numbers are used for fictional precincts. Common fictional precincts include the 12th precinct, the 54th precinct, the 15th precinct, the 65th precinct, and of course the 27th Precinct ("two-seven") from ''Series/LawAndOrder''. Movie NYPD units also tend to be shown with forward-facing blue lights on the dashboard, which you won't find on real NYPD units as New York state law prohibits facing-forward blue lights on police vehicles. Movie NYPD units do have the gumball roof lights of real NYPD units, however, the movie units only have spinning gumball lights while real units have begun to use digital lights.
28th Oct '16 2:44:01 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Film/{{Resurrection}}'': The serial killer is revealed to have been posing as an FBI profiler [[spoiler:who was "assisting" the cops with tracking himself down earlier in the film]]. This becomes apparent when the main character, a Chicago PD homicide detective, visits the local FBI headquarters and discovers that the actual agent by that name is African-American, not white.
28th Oct '16 2:39:55 PM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/TheGodfather'' former cop Al Neri takes out his old uniform to [[spoiler: assassinate Barzini]].

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* ''The Godfather'' trilogy:
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In ''Film/TheGodfather'' former cop Al Neri takes out his old uniform to [[spoiler: assassinate Barzini]].Barzini]].
** ''Film/TheGodfatherPartIII''. The mounted police officer working crowd control at an Italian-American pride parade is actually Vincent, but we don't realise until he rides up and {{Double Tap}}s mob boss Joey Zasa.



* ''Film/TheGodfather III''. The mounted police officer working crowd control at an Italian-American pride parade is actually Vincent, but we don't realise until he rides up and {{Double Tap}}s mob boss Joey Zasa.
16th Sep '16 9:12:33 PM dmcreif
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* In the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929, hitmen hired by Al Capone's gang dressed as police officers, captured members of the North Side gang and executed them.

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* In the Saint Valentine's Day Massacre of 1929, saw hitmen hired by Al Capone's gang dressed as police officers, captured members of the North Side gang and executed them.



* The NYPD has measures in place designed to avoid confusing real police cars and real police officers with actors or movie cars. Namely, movie patrol cars are required to be assigned fictitious precinct numbers. The list of actual NYPD precincts goes from 1-123, but skips some numbers, due to various precincts changing their boundaries, closing or consolidating with others. The skipped numbers are used for fictional precincts. Common fictional precincts include the 12th precinct, the 15th precinct, and of course the 27th Precinct ("two-seven") from ''Series/LawAndOrder''.

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* Anytime you see a real police department being featured in a movie or TV show, just note that the police cars featured generally are not real patrol units but special cars painted in the regular police department paint job, with some differences so as to make clear that they're not actual patrol units (typically in the form of having a fictitious district or precinct number assigned to them):
**The NYPD turns up a lot in fiction set in New York City, to the point that there is a dedicated NYPD Movie and Television Unit that exists just to assist in live action works.
The NYPD has measures regulations in place that are designed to avoid confusing real police cars and real police officers with actors or movie cars. Namely, movie patrol cars are required to be assigned fictitious precinct numbers. The list of actual NYPD precincts goes from 1-123, but skips some numbers, due to various precincts changing their boundaries, closing or consolidating with others. The skipped numbers are used for fictional precincts. Common fictional precincts include the 12th precinct, the 54th precinct, the 15th precinct, and of course the 27th Precinct ("two-seven") from ''Series/LawAndOrder''.''Series/LawAndOrder''. Movie NYPD units also tend to be shown with forward-facing blue lights on the dashboard, which you won't find on real NYPD units as New York state law prohibits facing-forward blue lights on police vehicles.
**The Boston Police Department also sees a lot of action in the movie industry, due to the number of productions that take advantage of tax breaks by the state of Massachusetts. Fake BPD cruisers have been marked with fictional districts to avoid confusion with real BPD cruisers.
7th Sep '16 3:56:49 PM Morgenthaler
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* ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'': "[[{{Portmanteau}} Jimp]]" is Mega-City One slang for Judge Impersonator.

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* ''Comicbook/JudgeDredd'': "[[{{Portmanteau}} Jimp]]" is Mega-City One slang for Judge Impersonator. It's quite popular because of the immense power that the Judges have compared to most police.
1st Sep '16 10:32:19 PM Odacon_Spy
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* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' has a radio advert of the Steelport Chief of Police explaining his methods of running the force and recalling all the good he's done for the city, then revealing that he's actually just a homeless man who bought a cop uniform at a costume shop to stay warm and was mistaken for a genuine officer by everyone and, enjoying the respect, [[BecomingTheMask cleaned up his act and started doing it for real]]. The ad in question is for the costume shop.

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* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' has a radio advert of the Steelport Chief of Police explaining his methods of running the force and recalling all the good he's done for the city, then revealing that he's actually just a homeless man who bought a cop uniform at a costume shop to stay warm and was mistaken for a genuine officer by everyone and, enjoying everyone. Enjoying the respect, [[BecomingTheMask cleaned he decided to clean up his act and started start doing it for real]]. The ad in question is for the costume shop.
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