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23rd Sep '16 9:56:11 PM Minni128
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* The is played with in Webcomic/KillLaKillAU In one of the fanfics, when Ragyo suggested calling the police to find a [[spoiler: kidnapped Ryuuko]], Nui says, "What the-?! No, don't call the police, the last time we had called the police they arrested Ryuuko and not the person that stole that piss couch which is why we had to get a new one and, besides, the police are '''terrible''' at finding missing kids, 'cause they haven't found those other missing kids and there are one-hundred of them besides Ryuu in this city alone." Which would make that played straight, particularly when Satsuki actually confirms this. Otherwise averted when they had thrown Ryuuko in jail for truancy in an earlier comic, showing they do enforce laws.

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* The is played with in Webcomic/KillLaKillAU ''Webcomic/KillLaKillAU''.In one of the fanfics, when Ragyo suggested calling the police to find a [[spoiler: kidnapped Ryuuko]], kidnapped]] Ryuuko, Nui says, "What the-?! No, don't call the police, the last time we had called the police they arrested Ryuuko and not the person that stole that piss couch which is why we had to get a new one and, besides, the police are '''terrible''' at finding missing kids, 'cause they haven't found those other missing kids and there are one-hundred of them besides Ryuu in this city alone." Which would make that played straight, particularly when Satsuki actually confirms this. Otherwise averted when they had thrown Ryuuko in jail for truancy in an earlier comic, showing they do enforce laws.
21st Sep '16 9:19:02 AM a83hg
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* The police in the Website/{{GoAnimate}} Grounded videos seem to have something of a HairTriggerTemper, as they will instantly peg a character with jailtime for littering if they so much as walk up to a piece of paper on the ground. Other times, they just outright arrest people for little to no reason or show a bias towards the trouble-making kids' parents (or basically anyone ''but'' the trouble-makers for that matter), sometimes even arresting the kids just for talking to them. Outside of that, the police will instantly come to arrest someone if they are simply asked to without complaint, even if they are being called to arrest a kid for smashing their sibling's [=iPod=].
15th Sep '16 12:20:52 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': The Police are discouraged to chase Kira, after he killed the false L, and he forces the FBI to surrender after he killed several FBI agents. Only a few police officers try to chase him, but they are not smart enough how to do it. They need the help and lead of people who do ''not'' work for the police, but by their own. That includes the anonymous master detective L, the college student Light (who ''is'' Kira), both for the Japanese Special Unit, [[spoiler:and the teenage L-wannabe Near for the SPK.]] [[spoiler:And many states surrender to Kira]].
** [[spoiler:Mello]] is probably GenreSavvy enough, maybe that's why he allies with the [[spoiler:mafia]] instead the police.

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* ''Manga/DeathNote'': The Police are discouraged to chase Kira, after he killed the false L, and he forces the FBI to surrender after he killed several FBI agents. Only a few police officers try to chase him, but they are not smart enough how to do it. They need the help and lead of people who do ''not'' work for the police, but by their own. That includes the anonymous master detective L, the college student Light (who ''is'' Kira), both for the Japanese Special Unit, [[spoiler:and the teenage L-wannabe Near for the SPK.]] [[spoiler:And And many states surrender to Kira]].
** [[spoiler:Mello]] is probably GenreSavvy savvy enough, maybe that's why he allies with the [[spoiler:mafia]] instead the police.
11th Sep '16 10:15:17 PM JoieDeCombat
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* Literature/InDeath series: Played with. Averted with Eve Dallas, who is a cop and the best officer to go to if there's a problem. Played straight with other police groups, because they are inexperienced, incompetent, lazy, insensitive, too stubborn, too territorial, have a lack of instincts, out for glory, dirty cops, and so on. Fortunately, Eve's squad has closed a number of cases, which shows that Eve is not the only effective cop out there.

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* Played with in the Literature/InDeath series: Played with. Averted with series. Protagonist Eve Dallas, who Dallas is a cop skilled and highly motivated detective; her Commander and (starting in the best officer to go to if there's a problem. Played straight with second novel) the Chief of Police are {{Reasonable Authority Figure}}s, and many other members of the police groups, because they force in New York City and elsewhere are inexperienced, incompetent, lazy, insensitive, too stubborn, too territorial, have portrayed as taking their jobs seriously and doing them well. At the same time, the series repeatedly shows that the police as a whole are as mixed a bag of people as one might find anywhere, and Eve and her close colleagues encounter plenty of cops who fail at their jobs due to inexperience and lack of instincts, out laziness, lack of caring, stubbornness, territoriality, greed, desire for personal glory, dirty cops, and so on. Fortunately, Eve's squad forth.
** In at least one book, deaths occur in part because civilians assume that this trope is in play and that the police will not be able to help them, leading them to try to take matters into their own hands without contacting the police for help. In ''Brotherhood In Death'', for instance, [[spoiler:the killers are rape victims who know enough about law to understand that their rapes are now past the statute of limitations. Initially they hope to have a fellow victim, whose rape was more recent, go to the police, but after she breaks under the pressure and kills herself, they assume that they have no choice but to make justice for themselves. It's only after the damage
has closed a number of cases, which shows been done that Eve is gets a chance to tell them that what was done to them would be considered not just rape but ''conspiracy'' to commit rape - among several other crimes - which has a longer statute of limitations and could still have been prosecuted had it come to light before they'd resorted to murder (and the only effective cop out there.two surviving rapists have indeed been arrested and face prosecution)]].
7th Sep '16 2:15:23 PM JackTheHammer
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* In ''Anime/NinetyOneDays'', the cops in Lawless have pretty much all been paid off by TheMafia to look the other way, most notably Agent Scusa from the Federal Bureau of Prohibition. When an actually competent lawman, Agent Delphy, arrives in town to clean up, the Vanetti family orders a hit on Delphy's wife and child. They narrowly survive, but the shock of the attack causes him to suspend his investigation, giving the mafia families free reign over Lawless once again.
5th Sep '16 2:30:38 PM xwhy
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* Averted in ''Webcomic/XWhy'' where the police manage to do there job [[http://xwhy.comicgenesis.com/d/20100825.html here]] and [[http://xwhy.comicgenesis.com/d/20081205.html here]].
23rd Aug '16 12:52:12 PM TheJ0ker
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* This is averted in ''WebOriginal/{Blackburn}}''. While the BCPD is stretched thin, most officers are honest and competent thanks to the leadership of [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Chief Doyle]].

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* This is averted in ''WebOriginal/{Blackburn}}''.''WebOriginal/{{Blackburn}}''. While the BCPD is stretched thin, most officers are honest and competent thanks to the leadership of [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Chief Doyle]].
23rd Aug '16 12:50:33 PM TheJ0ker
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* This is averted in ''WebOriginal/{Blackburn}}''. While the BCPD is stretched thin, most officers are honest and competent thanks to the leadership of [[ReasonableAuthorityFigure Chief Doyle]].
22nd Aug '16 8:25:10 PM Lullaby22
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** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''Anime/{{Monster}}: The police are useless because the criminal they're chasing is just that good. He's so thorough in covering up his crimes that it takes roughly half of the series to prove that he even exists, let alone responsible for any murders.

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** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''Anime/{{Monster}}: ''Anime/{{Monster}}'': The police are useless because the criminal they're chasing is just that good. He's so thorough in covering up his crimes that it takes roughly half of the series to prove that he even exists, let alone responsible for any murders.
22nd Aug '16 8:24:44 PM Lullaby22
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** [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] in ''Anime/{{Monster}}: The police are useless because the criminal they're chasing is just that good. He's so thorough in covering up his crimes that it takes roughly half of the series to prove that he even exists, let alone responsible for any murders.
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