History Main / PoliceAreUseless

21st Apr '18 6:24:30 AM Chrysostom15
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The AwfulTruth is this can be happen in real life. Police are more often than not just [[TheEveryman everyday people]] who want to get through their jobs, yet have to maintain very high standards when carrying out their work.
* '''Police going after the wrong guy:''' It's easier to pin a crime on the [[TheScapegoat guy]] right in front of you than to try and catch the real bad guy, who could be anywhere. In corrupt cities/states, it's even worse; [[TheBadGuysAreCops law enforcement may have been bought out by a corrupt government or organized crime]]. Someone may cover their tracks well enough or exploit a lot of other loopholes to remain legally untouchable, e.g. UsefulNotes/AlCapone. Also, a lot of police departments measure officer performance by the number of arrests they have made and actions they have done. That can give incentives of officers to arrest the wrong guy or avoid doing things to ''prevent'' crime (which is generally agreed to be better than cleaning up after it).

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This is truth in television. The AwfulTruth is this can be happen happens in real life. Police are more often than not just [[TheEveryman everyday people]] who want to get through their jobs, yet have to maintain very high standards when carrying out their work.
* '''Police going after the wrong guy:''' It's easier to pin a crime on the [[TheScapegoat guy]] right in front of you than to try and catch the real bad guy, who could be anywhere. In corrupt cities/states, it's even worse; [[TheBadGuysAreCops law enforcement may have been bought out by a corrupt government or organized crime]]. Across the United States police are known to show consistent bias against minorities, outsiders, and anyone they do not like. They are also well known for breaking the law themselves and having a code of dishonor that leads to police consistently bullying innocent people and letting criminal actions by other police, their family, and friends slide. Police are taught how to cause the highest level of pain without leaving traceable marks on victims, how to construct lies to cover up their own criminal actions, and other skills necessary to conceal their criminal acts. Even when police honestly attempt their jobs, they are often simpler high school graduates of below average intelligence and a willingness to work a job with low pay, low respect, and limited potential for career growth. Given the opportunity for higher pay and respect in the military, private security, federal law enforcement, and the promotions available to competent officers, the street police and police detectives that citizens interact with are typically the bottom of the barrel and thus an average citizen of average intelligence will typically get quickly upset when victimized by a crime upon becoming aware of the lack of initiative, effort, and competence of their local police. Someone may cover their tracks well enough or exploit a lot of other loopholes to remain legally untouchable, e.g. UsefulNotes/AlCapone. Also, a lot of police departments measure officer performance by the number of arrests they have made and actions they have done. That can give incentives of officers to arrest the wrong guy or avoid doing things to ''prevent'' crime (which is generally agreed to be better than cleaning up after it).
15th Apr '18 10:38:31 AM MajinAkuma
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** Subverted by the time of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Why? Krillin, the strongest pure human on the planet, joined the police force. Normal criminals really don't have much they can do to him. Still played straight when gods and such are on the table, though.

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** Subverted by the time of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper''. Why? Krillin, the strongest pure human (non-{{Cyborg}}) Earthling on the planet, joined the police force. Normal criminals really don't have much they can do to him. Still played straight when gods and such are on the table, though.
15th Apr '18 10:36:33 AM MajinAkuma
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** Another aversion: Some individuals from the FBI, CIA or Public Security Bureau are very competent in what they are doing and are crucial in dealing with the Black Organization. Few of them are on the level as Shinichi.

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** Another aversion: Some individuals from the FBI, CIA or Public Security Bureau are very competent in what they are doing and are crucial in dealing with the Black Organization. Few of them are on the level as Shinichi.of Shinichi himself.
10th Apr '18 1:31:51 PM costanton11
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* Franchise/WorldOfDarkness has shades of this, and sometimes jumps headlong into it. While it can be justified, there are other times that are extremely questionable.

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* Franchise/WorldOfDarkness Franchise/TheWorldOfDarkness has shades of this, and sometimes jumps headlong into it. While it can be justified, there are other times that are extremely questionable.
8th Apr '18 5:23:26 AM jormis29
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* A recurring element in ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', which is especially played up in the original manga and the ''Re: Cutey Honey'' series, where generic cops are always being depicted as literal clueless, cheering children, more concerned with setting up their own {{Funny Background Event}}s than doing their jobs in trying to stop Panther Claw.

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* A recurring element in ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', which is especially played up in the original manga and the ''Re: Cutey Honey'' ''Anime/ReCutieHoney'' series, where generic cops are always being depicted as literal clueless, cheering children, more concerned with setting up their own {{Funny Background Event}}s than doing their jobs in trying to stop Panther Claw.
23rd Mar '18 6:05:01 PM AjWargo
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* A recurring element in ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', which is especially played up in the original manga and the ''Re: Cutey Honey'' series, where generic cops are always being depicted as literal clueless, cheering children, more concerned with setting up their own {{Funny Background Event}}s than doing their jobs.

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* A recurring element in ''Anime/CuteyHoney'', which is especially played up in the original manga and the ''Re: Cutey Honey'' series, where generic cops are always being depicted as literal clueless, cheering children, more concerned with setting up their own {{Funny Background Event}}s than doing their jobs.jobs in trying to stop Panther Claw.



* In WebVideo/TheWithVoicesProject, Frisk actually thinks to call 911 with the cell phone Toriel gave him, in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYSE6wBQtQY Undertale With Voices: Pacifist.]] Unfortunately, thanks to the magical barrier in place on Mt. Ebott, the cops can do nothing but wish him the best in his new life underground.

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* In WebVideo/TheWithVoicesProject, Frisk the Human Child actually thinks to call 911 with the cell phone Toriel gave him, in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYSE6wBQtQY Undertale With Voices: Pacifist.]] Unfortunately, thanks to the magical barrier in place on Mt. Ebott, the cops can do nothing but wish him the best in his new life underground.
16th Mar '18 8:22:35 AM badalamentink
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* In WebVideo/TheWithVoicesProject, Frisk actually thinks to call 911 with the cell phone Toriel gave him, in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYSE6wBQtQY Undertale With Voices: Pacifist.]] Unfortunately, thanks to the magical barrier in place on Mt. Ebott, the cops can do nothing but wish him the best in his new life underground.

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* In WebVideo/TheWithVoicesProject, Frisk actually thinks to call 911 with the cell phone Toriel gave him, in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYSE6wBQtQY Undertale With Voices: Pacifist.]] ]] Unfortunately, thanks to the magical barrier in place on Mt. Ebott, the cops can do nothing but wish him the best in his new life underground.
16th Mar '18 8:22:33 AM badalamentink
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* In WebVideo/TheWithVoicesProject, Frisk actually thinks to call 911 with the cell phone Toriel gave him, in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYSE6wBQtQY Undertale With Voices: Pacifist.]] Unfortunately, thanks to the magical barrier in place on Mt. Ebott, the cops can do nothing but wish him the best in his new life underground.
15th Mar '18 1:35:03 PM ProjectIASU
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* ''Webcomic/RezzAndCoBountyHunters'': The Galachron Peace Keepers are an organization tasked with enforcing the law in an entire solar system, but use a bad (IVR) system that lands the protagonists in jail along with the actual criminal.

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* ''Webcomic/RezzAndCoBountyHunters'': The Galachron Peace Keepers are an organization tasked with enforcing the law in an entire solar system, but use [[ForInconveniencePressOne a bad (IVR) system IVR system]] that lands the protagonists in jail along with the actual criminal.
15th Mar '18 1:33:34 PM ProjectIASU
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* ''Webcomic/RezzAndCoBountyHunters'': The Galachron Peace Keepers are an organization tasked with enforcing the law in an entire solar system, but use a bad (IVR) system that lands the protagonists in jail along with the actual criminal.
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