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8th Feb '17 2:19:14 PM Rubber_Lotus
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*** Ironically, in the earlier Creator/SteveDitko-plotted issues, the police were more often than not on Spidey's side, with civilians and [[SarcasmMode upstanding newspapermen like Jameson]] filling the role of resident Spider-hater(s).
7th Feb '17 12:53:03 PM NickFalcon
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*** However, Gotham City is considered this in-universe; at least once, Gordon has mentioned that he cannot get work as a cop outside of Gotham, because if you're not from Gotham, you don't ''understand'' what the city goes through on a regular basis; all they see is a man who needs a lot of help from a loon dressed up in a special costume but who has no powers.
7th Feb '17 12:07:22 PM NickFalcon
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** [[{{JustifiedTrope}} On the other hand]], if the ''only'' rogue ninja we ever meet are the strongest in the world, that may just mean that if you're NOT at least that strong, ''you don't get away with it.'' We never meet mediocre rogue ninja unless they were following aforementioned elites, after all.
4th Oct '16 3:51:55 AM Adept
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* Downplayed in Creator/AgathaChristie's novels, where the police officers are typically described as quite competent, but because their actions are limited by the standard procedures, they are frequently misled by false evidences, leading them to arrest the wrong suspect. On the other hand, the amateur sleuths often perform better because the people they talk to are less on their guard during the "interrogations", and are therefore more willing to reveal information about the case, which is usually vital for solving the whole thing.

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* Downplayed in Creator/AgathaChristie's novels, where the police officers are typically described as quite competent, but because their actions are limited by the standard procedures, they are frequently misled by false evidences, leading them to arrest the wrong suspect. On the other hand, the amateur sleuths often perform better because the people they talk to are less on their guard during the "interrogations", and are therefore more willing to reveal information about the case, which is usually vital for to solving the whole thing.
4th Oct '16 3:51:22 AM Adept
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* [[spoiler:[[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]]] in ''Literature/MurderAtColefaxManor''. [[spoiler:While the chief inspector is reasonable, the player can decide to be one by deciding to arrest any of the cast without having any evidence or proof as to if they committed or were complicate in the murder.]]
* The officers in Creator/AgathaChristie's novels are typically described as quite competent, but because their actions are limited by the standard procedures, they are frequently misled by false evidences, leading them to arrest the wrong suspect. On the other hand, the amateur sleuths can perform better because the people they talk to are less on their guard during the "interrogations", and are therefore more willing to reveal information about the case, which is usually vital for solving the whole thing.

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* [[spoiler:[[PlayingWithATrope Played with]]]] with in ''Literature/MurderAtColefaxManor''. [[spoiler:While the chief inspector is reasonable, the player can decide to be one by deciding to arrest any of the cast without having any evidence or proof as to if they committed or were complicate in the murder.]]
* The officers Downplayed in Creator/AgathaChristie's novels novels, where the police officers are typically described as quite competent, but because their actions are limited by the standard procedures, they are frequently misled by false evidences, leading them to arrest the wrong suspect. On the other hand, the amateur sleuths can often perform better because the people they talk to are less on their guard during the "interrogations", and are therefore more willing to reveal information about the case, which is usually vital for solving the whole thing.
2nd Oct '16 4:57:42 AM Adept
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* In the world of {{Hentai}}, at least 25% of all cases of sexual intercourse would qualify as sex offenses. And yet the only times the police can be said to be involved in the case is when a policewoman is the victim, or a policeman is the perp.


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* The officers in Creator/AgathaChristie's novels are typically described as quite competent, but because their actions are limited by the standard procedures, they are frequently misled by false evidences, leading them to arrest the wrong suspect. On the other hand, the amateur sleuths can perform better because the people they talk to are less on their guard during the "interrogations", and are therefore more willing to reveal information about the case, which is usually vital for solving the whole thing.
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)]].
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