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17th Nov '17 10:02:48 AM StFan
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->'''Pearly Gates''': You know what you're falling for, don't you? The oldest bleeding game in the business, that's all, the IPO caper!\\
'''Mailman Crook''': IPO!?\\
'''Mailman Crook''': What's IPO?\\
'''Pearly Gates''': Impersonating a police officer!\\
'''Mailman Crook''': You mean to say we've been conned?\\
'''Pearly Gates''': I mean to say ''you've been conned''!
-->-- ''Film/TheWrongArmOfTheLaw'', after the first such heist in the picture.

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->'''Pearly Gates''': Gates:''' You know what you're falling for, don't you? The oldest bleeding game in the business, that's all, the IPO caper!\\
'''Mailman Crook''': Crook:''' IPO!?\\
'''Mailman Crook''': Crook:''' What's IPO?\\
'''Pearly Gates''': Gates:''' Impersonating a police officer!\\
'''Mailman Crook''': Crook:''' You mean to say we've been conned?\\
'''Pearly Gates''': Gates:''' I mean to say ''you've been conned''!
-->-- ''Film/TheWrongArmOfTheLaw'', after the first such heist in the picture.
''Film/TheWrongArmOfTheLaw''



DoNotTryThisAtHome - intentionally attempting to impersonate a police officer is a serious crime in most jurisdictions. With a few exceptions, live action film and television shows with police officers in them use uniforms that are deliberately incorrect to avoid any hint of this. Fancy dress police costumes are also deliberately different from genuine ones to reduce the chance of being mistaken for a genuine officer. In RealLife, police forces/departments exercise rigorous control over their uniforms - losing, giving away or otherwise transferring any part of their uniform can lead to serious disciplinary measures being taken against officers and old and worn items are destroyed rather than risking the chance of them falling into the wrong hands. It's very usual for uniforms to be stored on police premises only and officers change into them on arrival for their shifts and at no time do they leave the building unless being worn on duty.

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DoNotTryThisAtHome - -- intentionally attempting to impersonate a police officer is a serious crime in most jurisdictions. With a few exceptions, live action film live-action films and television shows with police officers in them use uniforms that are deliberately incorrect to avoid any hint of this. Fancy dress police costumes are also deliberately different from genuine ones to reduce the chance of being mistaken for a genuine officer. In RealLife, police forces/departments exercise rigorous control over their uniforms - -- losing, giving away or otherwise transferring any part of their uniform can lead to serious disciplinary measures being taken against officers and old and worn items are destroyed rather than risking the chance of them falling into the wrong hands. It's very usual for uniforms to be stored on police premises only and officers change into them on arrival for their shifts and at no time do they leave the building unless being worn on duty.



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-->'''Nancy:''' ''(to another traveler)'' I'm telling you there was another man here trying to get into your suitcase!\\

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-->'''Nancy:''' ''(to ''[to another traveler)'' traveler]'' I'm telling you there was another man here trying to get into your suitcase!\\



'''Traveler''': ''(suspicious)'' Is she with you?\\
'''Joe''' ''(flipping open his wallet and flashing an ID too quick to see)'': Airport police. Juvenile Division. I thought we told you to never work this airport, Trixie.\\
'''Frank''': We'll take care of this, sir. I'm sorry there's been any inconvenience to you. ''(grabbing Nancy by the shoulder)'' Come with me, thank you very much...\\
'''Traveler''': You're probably all in this together!

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'''Traveler''': ''(suspicious)'' '''Traveler:''' ''[suspicious]'' Is she with you?\\
'''Joe''' ''(flipping '''Joe:''' ''[flipping open his wallet and flashing an ID too quick to see)'': see]'' Airport police. Juvenile Division. I thought we told you to never work this airport, Trixie.\\
'''Frank''': '''Frank:''' We'll take care of this, sir. I'm sorry there's been any inconvenience to you. ''(grabbing ''[grabbing Nancy by the shoulder)'' shoulder]'' Come with me, thank you very much...\\
'''Traveler''': '''Traveler:''' You're probably all in this together!



--->'''PI:''' (flashes badge) Get lost, all right?
--->'''Fin:''' (holds up his badge) I got one of those too. Where's your ID Card?
--->'''PI:''' (to Fin) Hey, you know what? Gold shield doesn't mean I answer to you, okay?
--->'''Cragen:''' (slaps his badge against the window) You answer to me.

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--->'''PI:''' (flashes badge) ''[flashes badge]'' Get lost, all right?
--->'''Fin:''' (holds
right?\\
'''Fin:''' ''[holds
up his badge) badge]'' I got one of those too. Where's your ID Card?
--->'''PI:''' (to Fin)
Card?\\
'''PI:''' ''[to Fin]''
Hey, you know what? Gold shield doesn't mean I answer to you, okay?
--->'''Cragen:''' (slaps
okay?\\
'''Cragen:''' ''[slaps
his badge against the window) window]'' You answer to me.



* [[Series/LoisAndClark Superman himself]] does this, when the super criminal organization Intergang threaten to kill people if he shows up he dresses and acts like a beat supercop handily beating down thugs with a bunch of self defense HoistByHisOwnPertard methods.

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* [[Series/LoisAndClark ''Series/LoisAndClark'': Superman himself]] himself does this, when the super criminal organization Intergang threaten to kill people if he shows up he up. He dresses and acts like a beat supercop handily beating down thugs with a bunch of self defense self-defense HoistByHisOwnPertard methods.



-->'''Criminal:''' Leon stole more than enough, in fact to make it worth us killing a cop so maybe we can make a deal. You leave Leon here with us and you can keep looking for your friend.
-->'''Reese:''' You know, the [[DirtyCop guy who owned this badge]] would probably have accepted that deal. But I'm not him.
-->'''Criminal:''' So who are you?
-->'''Reese:''' [[BadassBoast The guy who shot him and stole his badge.]] ''(Violence ensues)''

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-->'''Criminal:''' --->'''Criminal:''' Leon stole more than enough, in fact to make it worth us killing a cop so maybe we can make a deal. You leave Leon here with us and you can keep looking for your friend.
-->'''Reese:'''
friend.\\
'''Reese:'''
You know, the [[DirtyCop guy who owned this badge]] would probably have accepted that deal. But I'm not him.
-->'''Criminal:'''
him.\\
'''Criminal:'''
So who are you?
-->'''Reese:'''
you? \\
'''Reese:'''
[[BadassBoast The guy who shot him and stole his badge.]] ''(Violence ensues)''''[violence ensues]''



--->'''Fusco:''' ''[to Reese]'' She had a warrant--a real one. What was I supposed to say? "Sorry, boss, Agent King is actually a superpowered nutball. Just ask my buddy, the urban legend."

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--->'''Fusco:''' ''[to Reese]'' She had a warrant--a warrant -- a real one. What was I supposed to say? "Sorry, boss, Agent King is actually a superpowered nutball. Just ask my buddy, the urban legend."



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* In ''WebVideo/TheJokerBlogs'', The Joker and Ted the bum do this after getting caught in a police shootout. HilarityEnsues when [[spoiler:Jeremiah Arkham, who had escaped from their previous vehicle, ran to their car for aid and was quickly recaptured.]]

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* In ''WebVideo/TheJokerBlogs'', The Joker and Ted the bum do this after getting caught in a police shootout. HilarityEnsues when [[spoiler:Jeremiah Arkham, who had escaped from their previous vehicle, ran runs to their car for aid and was is quickly recaptured.]]



* A bizarre variation in one episode of WesternAnimaton/SouthPark when the boys start out the episode playing ''make believe'' as Cops. They do such a "heroic" job saving a little girl's doll that the local Police Chief makes them honorary Junior Detectives... then sends them to go bust up a suspected meth lab as if they were real police officers.

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* A bizarre variation in one episode of WesternAnimaton/SouthPark ''WesternAnimaton/SouthPark'' when the boys start out the episode playing ''make believe'' as Cops. They do such a "heroic" job saving a little girl's doll that the local Police Chief makes them honorary Junior Detectives... then sends them to go bust up a suspected meth lab as if they were real police officers.



** 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.

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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 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.
4th Nov '17 3:26:44 AM eroock
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3rd Nov '17 8:24:44 PM Willbyr
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3rd Nov '17 8:15:29 PM Willbyr
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14th Oct '17 10:54:51 PM tsstevens
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* [[Series/LoisAndClark Superman himself]] does this, when the super criminal organization Intergang threaten to kill people if he shows up he dresses and acts like a beat supercop handily beating down thugs with a bunch of self defense HoistByHisOwnPertard methods.


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* A rather popular choice in shall we say adult content, most of the uniforms are either the standard fetish outfits or are near enough to the real thing, with actual police and what they wear...or take off, being fairly unknown compared to other, well, services that might be portrayed in such films.
* Verily this is the one of the things eBay watch out for. Say you place a police badge or police style jacket for sale. They will take it down along with a very polite email explaining in detail the hows and whys of what items cannot be listed.
13th Sep '17 11:17:48 AM Silverblade2
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** In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', this is part of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's assassination plot against Mayor Garcia at [[spoiler:Commissioner Loeb's funeral]]. Fortunately, Jim Gordon figured out that something was up just by reading an obituary the Joker had typed up for Garcia, came to the funeral [[spoiler:wearing a {{bulletproof vest}}]], and [[TakingTheBullet dove in front of the Mayor]] just as the Joker and his goons fired at him.

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** In ''Film/TheDarkKnight'', this is part of SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker's ComicBook/TheJoker's assassination plot against Mayor Garcia at [[spoiler:Commissioner Loeb's funeral]]. Fortunately, Jim Gordon figured out that something was up just by reading an obituary the Joker had typed up for Garcia, came to the funeral [[spoiler:wearing a {{bulletproof vest}}]], and [[TakingTheBullet dove in front of the Mayor]] just as the Joker and his goons fired at him.
3rd Sep '17 6:39:55 AM Ominae
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* In the English version of ''Series/NineteenTwo'', a fake Service Police Métropolitain officer was busted while trying to do a fake traffic stop in downtown Montreal. One of the arresting officers mentions that he's an example of scammers who the SPM have to arrest and let go because of a judge's order. Sadly, [[CopKiller the fake cop heads to Station 19 and shoots up the place, killing several officers including JM.]] [[KarmaHoudini He dies of a possible self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head]]. During JM's funeral, a high-ranking SPM officer is upset that the fake officer was the man responsible for killing JM.
-->"Well how could ya [know that the fake cop was the shooter]? Goddamn judge cut him loose."
3rd Sep '17 6:34:57 AM Ominae
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30th Aug '17 12:07:41 PM HalcyonDayz
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DoNotTryThisAtHome - intentionally attempting to impersonate a police officer is a serious crime in most jurisdictions. With a few exceptions, live action film and television shows with police officers in them use uniforms that are deliberately incorrect to avoid any hint of this. Fancy dress police costumes are also deliberately different from genuine ones to reduce the chance of being mistaken for a genuine officer. In RealLife, police forces/departments exercise rigourous control over their uniforms - losing, giving away or otherwise transferring any part of their uniform can lead to serious disciplinary measures being taken against officers and old and worn items are destroyed rather than risking the chance of them falling into the wrong hands. It's very usual for uniforms to be stored on police premises only and officers change into them on arrival for their shifts and at no time do they leave the building unless being worn on duty.

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DoNotTryThisAtHome - intentionally attempting to impersonate a police officer is a serious crime in most jurisdictions. With a few exceptions, live action film and television shows with police officers in them use uniforms that are deliberately incorrect to avoid any hint of this. Fancy dress police costumes are also deliberately different from genuine ones to reduce the chance of being mistaken for a genuine officer. In RealLife, police forces/departments exercise rigourous rigorous control over their uniforms - losing, giving away or otherwise transferring any part of their uniform can lead to serious disciplinary measures being taken against officers and old and worn items are destroyed rather than risking the chance of them falling into the wrong hands. It's very usual for uniforms to be stored on police premises only and officers change into them on arrival for their shifts and at no time do they leave the building unless being worn on duty.



* A military variant is used in ''FanFic/OriginStory'', where in order to rescue Louise from a secure military base, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/SpiderMan, and [[ComicBook/{{Avengers}} The Wasp]] dress up in military uniforms and use forged IDs and orders to get in. (It turns out that Captain America's uniform is real.)

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* A military variant is used in ''FanFic/OriginStory'', where in order to rescue Louise from a secure military base, ComicBook/CaptainAmerica, ComicBook/SpiderMan, and [[ComicBook/{{Avengers}} The Wasp]] dress up in military uniforms and use forged IDs [=IDs=] and orders to get in. (It turns out that Captain America's uniform is real.)
14th Jun '17 11:11:11 PM thatmadork
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* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': Clearly the favorite form for the T-1000 Terminator to take is that of a Los Angeles patrolman. Not surprisingly, an LAPD cop was the first person the T-1000 encountered upon arrival from its time-travel. That form also avails the T-1000 to plentiful information and resources.

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* ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'': Clearly the favorite form for the T-1000 Terminator to take is that of a Los Angeles patrolman. Not surprisingly, an LAPD cop was the first person the T-1000 encountered upon arrival from its time-travel. That form also avails the T-1000 to plentiful information and resources.resources, but it backfires when it actually finds John: being a {{Delinquent|s}} kid, John just runs from him, and this unknowingly saves his life.
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