Created By: AGroupie on November 27, 2011 Last Edited By: Westrim on September 15, 2014

LA Cops

Because we have NewYorkCityCops, we need the *other* major source of the US PoliceProcedural

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It's kind of interesting that we have an article on NYPD but not on LAPD.

Needs a Better Description - ideally something along the lines of the New York City Cops article

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Community Feedback Replies: 39
  • November 27, 2011
    AGroupie
    Keep trying to put in a music example but it won't edit in: The Guns N Roses song "Out To Get Me," which refers to Police Brutality in LA.
  • November 27, 2011
    Gabel
    LA Confidential is the first thing I think of when it comes to LAPD.
  • November 27, 2011
    AGroupie
    OH LACONFIDENTIAL! THAT was what I mixed up with Mulholland Drive somehow... I haven't seen either movie... I just remembered one of those was some kind of a mystery. Obviously I'm out of my element here *goes back to the music stuff* Can someone else edit this one up?
  • November 27, 2011
    fulltimeD
    The X Files/Cops crossover episode "X-Cops" featured the LAPD heavily.
  • November 27, 2011
    fulltimeD
    Not a huge fan of cop shows either, but if you want this to be tropable, you should try to find and list some basic dissimilarities between how LAPD and NYPD are portrayed in fiction.
  • November 27, 2011
    MaciekOst
    Grand Theft Auto San Andreas has the LSPD (in the Fictional Counterpart Los Santos, of course) - and the main antagonists are corrupt cops, particularly from the C.R.A.S.H. unit.
  • November 27, 2011
    69BookWorM69
    @ fulltimeD I agree. Perhaps one place to start is the ethnic makeup of the force. Many police in NYC and Boston are depicted as ethnic Irish due to Real Life; the police forces didn't put up a "No Irish Need Apply" sign in the early days. I'm sure the mix in LA is different, but I don't know how much (presumably some Hispanics?).

    Come to think of it, I'm not sure the NYPD article mentions the ethnicity of the officers either, yet many NYC cops (especially in older works showing beat cops) are depicted as ethnic Irish.
  • November 27, 2011
    PaulA
    Worth mentioning: LAPD's motto "To Protect And To Serve", which often gets referenced in fiction.
  • November 28, 2011
    MorganWick
    Of course, one reason for this is where a lot of American shows and movies get made...
  • December 4, 2011
    PaulA
    ^^ It's even a trope: Standard Police Motto.
  • December 7, 2011
    aurora369
    Duke Nukem 3 D's Pig Cops are mutant L.A. policemen siding with aliens. Their uniforms are modified to say "L.A.R.D."
  • February 19, 2012
    Prfnoff
    YKTTW Bump. A brief explanation of police codes might also be useful.
  • February 19, 2012
    chicagomel
    Angel had it-Detective Kate Lockely.

    • CSI visited LA in its 5th and then in its 11th season. Current character Morgan Brody is a former LAPD CSI introduced in the second visit. (though I don't think she was a cop).
  • February 19, 2012
    KevinKlawitter
    Southland. The ads even capitalize the "LA" for emphasis.

    And I agree the description needs to be changed. Particularly the meaningless "I'm not a big fan of cops" introduction.
  • February 20, 2012
    Catbert
    In reference to Irish cops, We already have a trope for Officer O Hara

    Since this isn't an index, it would be best to have at least some explanation of your examples.
  • March 7, 2012
    Westrim
    bump
  • March 8, 2012
    Vidor
    Literature: Michael Connelly has written a long series of mystery novels, almost all of which are set in Los Angeles and most of which feature LAPD homicide detective Harry Bosch.
  • March 21, 2012
    Westrim
    bump
  • February 3, 2013
    Westrim
    Bumping, the examples need to be integrated and fleshed out a bit.
  • February 3, 2013
    marcoasalazarm
    ^^Re: CSI: Hodges also used to work for the LAPD.
  • February 3, 2013
    elwoz
    The "Mathnet" segments of Square One TV (math education for the kids, Dragnet spoof for the grownups).
  • February 5, 2013
    Skywatcher68
    I suggest expanding this to cover any US-based work that's centered on cops in anywhere but NYC. Call it something like "New York City Cops Are So Overdone".
  • February 5, 2013
    Skywatcher68
    If adopted, New York City Cops Are So Overdone could have subtropes for each major location to prevent it from becoming a jumbled mess.
  • February 5, 2013
    StarSword
    Don't think NCIS Los Angeles counts with the exception of Deeks. The others are members of a federal agency that happen to be stationed in LA.

    I like Skywatcher68's suggestion. BRING ON CSI: RALEIGH!
  • February 5, 2013
    elwoz
    ^ ^^^: I think that's another missing trope, but LA cops get featured (and get recycled with their serial numbers filed off as Some Other City cops) enough that it's worth having a trope specifically about them.
  • May 15, 2014
    Westrim
    The personalization of the intro was distracting so I edited it to the point, but here's the original archived: "Not that I'm a huge fan of cops, but it's kind of interesting that we have an article on NYPD but not on LAPD (noticed this while making some edits over at Police Brutality). My lack of knowledge of the subject will betray me here because I'm not even going to be capable of doing exhaustive lists of works featuring them despite having Seen It A Million Times. That said, I'm posting this here to start the Wiki Magic and throw this out there for someone with enough knowledge to write an article similar to the New York City Cops page about LAPD and their presence in fiction.

    Needs More Examples, Needs A Better Description (MUCH so! - ideally something along the lines of the New York City Cops article)"
  • May 15, 2014
    Larkmarn
    So... yeah.

    I'm going to give this a MTD if something isn't done with this.

    So far it isn't tropeable (there are more tropes associated with the NYPD than just appearing in fiction frequently... though now that I look at that page, maybe it should be moved to useful notes), there isn't a single actual example with context, there's almost literally no description (though almost none is a huge improvement over what it was before Westrim edited it, that's for sure).

    Definitely taking a hat away. Who's the madman that did that?

    • Rush Hour: Chris Tucker's character James Carter is LAPD. He's trying to get out, join the FBI as the LAPD's reputation is so bad he claims his own mother tells people he's a drug dealer.
  • May 15, 2014
    nielas
    • Mob City takes place in 1947 LA and the main character is a LAPD detective assigned to Capt William Parker's new anti-mob squad. The LAPD is shown to be extremely corrupt and Parker is determined to root out the corruption and take down the mobsters behind it. The first season ends with the formation of the first LAPD Internal Affairs unit.
  • May 15, 2014
    randomsurfer
    In Beverly Hills Cop Detroit Cowboy Cop Axel Foley butts heads with LA cops who are more concerned with following the law, possibly to the detriment of catching the actual bad guys.
  • May 17, 2014
    Westrim
    Examples are great, but if someone more familiar with all this than me could take a stab at making a description that would be even better.
  • May 17, 2014
    gallium
    Literature

    • Harry Bosch from the Michael Connelly mystery series is a hardbitten Cowboy Cop who is always clashing with Da Chief and Internal Affairs. Los Angeles culture and history—race relations, the Rodney King riots, Hollywood and the movie industry—are important to the novels.
  • May 19, 2014
    AgProv
    Literature:
    • Joseph Wamburgh's Choirboys which sparked off a series of books on the LAPD. Also a movie. Also inspired the City Watch in the Discworld
  • May 19, 2014
    AgProv
    also, isn't it the case that prior to getting the whole Star Trek thing off the ground, the show's creator Gene Roddenberry was an LAPD beat cop with dreams of becoming a TV scriptwriter? I mention this as portrayals of police forces or law-enforcement in border planets on ST appear to have a dedfinite LAPD whiff about them - eg the Time Police, in the one set in the space station near a wormhole (apologies. you can tell I'm not a Trekkie...)
  • June 9, 2014
    Westrim
    Bump.

  • June 10, 2014
    DAN004
    I believe this is better as an Useful Note.
  • September 12, 2014
    Westrim
    The proposal is a Useful Note.
  • September 13, 2014
    Larkmarn
    How can it be a useful note when there's no note or use?!?
  • September 13, 2014
    DAN004
    Dunno, is somwbody managing this at all?
  • September 15, 2014
    Westrim
    No one is managing it, I'm just keeping it alive. That's why it's up for grabs. As for useful notiness, context is key. New York City Cops is a useful note, therefore this, a proposed companion to it, is also a useful note.
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