->''"I was guilty as sin, but [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Valentine]] couldn't prove it. And he was the rarest breed of law enforcement officer: the type who knew I was breaking the law, but wouldn't break it himself to bust me."''
-->--'''Yuri Orlov''', ''Film/LordOfWar''

The By-the-Book Cop is a stock character in [[CopShow police shows]] and crime fiction in general. They're the older (and usually whiter) cop, who believes in following the law as it is written, playing by the rules even when the criminal scum they're after does not. A stickler for procedure, the BTBC is quick to chide their rookie partner for playing fast and loose out in the streets, and when they're DaChief, you'll see them constantly threaten to [[TurnInYourBadge suspend]] the loose cannon for their impulsive heat-of-the-moment shoot-first-ask-questions-later behavior. If they deem that the situation warrants it, they may ''bend'' the rules slightly, but they'll never go so far as to break them; they are, after all, honest and incorruptible.

Appears less regularly as a main character, in which case they're likely to be presented with a ToBeLawfulOrGood dilemma.

Often the complete opposite of a CowboyCop, with whom they are often paired to form an OddCouple. If a GoodCopBadCop dynamic forms, they tend to be the good one. Police officers who appear in the PoliceProcedural tend to be uniformly this type of cop, due to the relative paucity of {{cowboy cop}}s in RealLife.

Contrast with CowboyCop (unethical, but good); CorruptCop (unethical, self-serving); and RabidCop (out-and-out psycho).

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Togusa in ''GhostInTheShell'' used to be a regular cop and sticks very close to the rules to seperate himself from the masses of corrupt cops. In the counter-terror unit Section 9, he is the rookie and painfully out of place, as they usually deal with people who have the courts at their call. To his superiors, the laws are merely a "suggestion" for how to achieve justice and safety.
* [[SympatheticInspectorAntagonist Inspector Zenigata]], of ''[[Characters/LupinIII Lupin The 3rd]]'', is quite possibly the world's most honest cop. During the ''Anime/LupinIIITheWomanCalledFujikoMine'' anime, he bent the rules a ''lot'', but his memory of a young Oscar was what kept him from becoming a CorruptCop.
* Kuroko Shirai from ''ToAruMajutsuNoIndex'' franchise.
* ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'': [[{{Tsundere}} Soi]] [[{{Ninja}} Fon]] is the head of the Keigun (lit. "punishment force"), which enforces the laws of Soul Society and detains or assassinates violators. She's a stickler for proper procedure and [[MyMasterRightOrWrong follows the law to the letter]], no exceptions.]]
* ''OnePiece'' has Captain Hina, who serves as the {{Foil}} to CowboyCop Smoker. It is heavily implied that she is the main reason why he gets away with so much.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'' has Enforcer Chrono Harlaown, and later, Enforcer Fate Testarossa-Harlaown. The former even arrests [[spoiler:[[BrokenPedestal his mentors]]]] and chides them for breaking the law and being willing to sacrifice an innocent life after he figures out that they're the ones interfering with the current investigation [[WellIntentionedExtremist in their plan to]] [[SealedEvilInACan seal the]] ArtifactOfDoom [[spoiler:that killed his father]].
* ''Manga/CityHunter'' has the one-shot character Hirotaka Kitao, out to arrest [[HitmanWithAHeart Ryo]] due his hate for professional killers but unwilling to actually break the law to do so... And [[ArrangedMarriage engaged to Saeko]], the CowboyCop who uses Ryo to take down some of the worst criminals around. HilarityEnsues before he understands Ryo's true character and decides to leave the city.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* Commissioner James Gordon from Franchise/{{Batman}}, if it was not for his frequently calling upon the services of an unofficial masked vigilante to help police his city. ''ComicBook/BatmanYearOne'', ''ComicBook/TheLongHalloween'' and ''ComicBook/DarkVictory'' track his growing relationship with Batman and rising position in the Gotham City Police Department, and they all reiterate his commitment to Law & Order and refusal to compromise his integrity and the rules, even to convict criminals he knows are guilty.
** He slips once when SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker was on death row for a crime he might not have committed [[spoiler:and didn't]]. He suggested to Batman that they let Joker fry despite the possibility that he's innocent of this particular crime. Batman tells Gordon that he's going to pretend he didn't say that, and the matter is dropped.
* ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' is a PoliceProcedural focusing on the Major Crimes Unit of the Gotham City Police Department. Each member of the MCU is hand-picked by the Commissioner of Police in order to insure their integrity and commitment to honest police work, and the series follows them as they try to act honorably [[BadCopIncompetentCop in a police department filled with corruption and graft]].
* The title character of ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' is about as extreme as this trope can get. However the the character does grow to question the law every once in a little while, notably just before the "Necropolis" arc and the ongoing issue concerning mutant rights.
** There are also numerous minor aversions to this trope where Dredd himself brings up that part of being a Judge is using ones own discretion, meaning he occasionally ignores minor crimes or makes allowances for mitigating circumstances. Just like a real cop, only less often.
* Inspector Ginko from ''ComicBook/{{Diabolik}}'' plays with this: most of the times he's this trope, [[GenreSavvy but only because otherwise the criminals will be able to loophole their way out of prison]], and, when the book has failed, shows his true temper as a CowboyCop.
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[[folder:Fanfiction]]
* Judgemaster Cid in ''FanFic/TheTaintedGrimoire'' is this through and through. Even if he feels following the letter of the law is morally wrong, he'll still do it, albeit reluctantly.
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[[folder:Film]]
* Eliot Ness in ''Film/TheUntouchables''.
** At first, but he's quickly taught the folly of this when faced with the likes of Capone. He then goes full CowboyCop, raids places without a warrant, and, in one case, outright murders a guy whom he just arrested.
* ''OsmosisJones''. Drix is the BTBC, Osmosis is the CowboyCop.
* Sergeant Roger Murtaugh in ''LethalWeapon'', at least initially.
* All of the Beverly Hills cops in ''BeverlyHillsCop'', except Axel.
** Lieutenant Bogomil actually invokes the trope name when he explains to Axel why he won't let him investigate a customs bonded area without a warrant after discovering coffee grounds in the building.
** Bogomil then outright lies to his superior when questioned about the events of the raid on the BigBad's mansion, earning him Axel's respect.
** In the sequel, Bogomil conducts his own investigation without telling anyone.
* Deputy Police Chief Dwayne T. Robinson in ''Film/DieHard''.
* Nick Angel in ''Film/HotFuzz''. Even after defeating the villains CowboyCop style he still does paperwork.
* The Ontarian Martin Ward is the By-the-Book Cop in ''Film/BonCopBadCop''. [[CowboyCop You have one guess as to what his (Québecois) partner is]].
* Jack Valentine in ''Film/LordOfWar'' follows by the book and is the only reason Yuri Orlov was able to get away for as long as he did.
* Lt. Ed Exley in ''Film/LAConfidential''. [[spoiler: at least at first]].
* Inspector David Tosci in ''Film/{{Zodiac}}'' is very by the book both in life and in the film. The film shows all the steps he goes through while pursuing a key suspect in a pretty fair aversion of HollywoodLaw, and even in the end he knows there's no smoking gun to prove the killer's identity.
* Joe Friday in the 1987 ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}'' AffectionateParody movie.
* Detective Mitch Preston (RobertDeNiro) in ''Film/{{Showtime}}'' is a typical example. His first scene has him explaining his job to a class of little kids, dispensing with all the CowboyCop tropes they might know from Hollywood. However, he fairly quickly breaks rules when necessary (or if he's pissed). For example, the act that results in him being forced to participate in a reality TV show involves shooting a video camera mere inches from the cameraman's head (to be fair, his justification that he's a good enough shot to hit exactly what he wants is later proven true). Officer Trey Sellars wants to be a CowboyCop, or at least play one on TV.
* Sarah Ashburn from ''Film/TheHeat''.
* Detective Carlson in ''Film/BlueStreak'' is fairly new as a detective and is paired up with the "more experienced" Lead Detective Malone. Carlson tries his best to follow the letter of the law. He is very confused about Malone skirting the law and police procedure. There's a good reason for Malone's behavior, though. He's actually a jewel thief who's posing as a cop trying to retrieve the stolen diamond he has hidden in the police station two years before. By the end, though, Carlson has learned enough to understand how it all really works ([[spoiler:he deliberately lets "Malone" cross the Mexican border before revealing that he knows who he is and then pointing out that "Malone" is out of his jurisdiction]]).
* In ''Film/SplitSecond'', Dick Durkin is much more mindful of proper police procedure and much calmer than his new partner Stone due to his past education on killers and psychopaths. Subverted towards the end when he realizes that they're up against a supernatural monstrosity and he becomes just as gun-happy as Stone.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Geoffrey Briggs, DaChief of the NCD in Jasper Fforde's ''NurseryCrime'', always does things by the book... the crime fiction book, that is. He habitually suspends the detective once in every case for intentional dramatic effect, and trains his cops for the job by making them watch reruns of ''Columbo''.
* In P D James comparatively realistic ''Adam Dalgliesh'' series, Kate and Dalgliesh both fit this trope well. When Daniel, the third member of the squad, lets a suspect commit suicide rather than face prison, it really shines through. Daniel is disgusted by their (especially Kate's) belief in the absoluteness of the law, and they actually have an intelligent conversation about it. Paraphrased a little:
-->Daniel [disgustedly]: The law is the only moral code you ever need. You're always so sure about everything.
-->Kate: I'm sure about some things. I'm sure about murder. How can I not be?
* ''WhoCensoredRogerRabbit?'': Toon police Captain "Clever" Cleaver, working on the Rabbit murder case doesn't want any loose cannons (e.g. Eddie Valiant) wrestling the long arm of the law away from him. In the not-quite-sequel ''Who Plugged Roger Rabbit?'', Sargeant "Bulldog" Bascomb takes a similar role, but somewhat more similar to DaChief. (though Cleaver is still mentioned as the one who habitually hounds Eddie).
* Captain Carrot of Literature/{{Discworld}}, the LiteralMinded adoptive son of dwarfs, who is so consistently by the book that it even rubs off on the otherwise deeply cynical city of Ankh-Morpork.
** "The Book" in this case being ''The Laws and Ordinances of The Cities of Ankh and Morpork'', published some six generations previously. Carrot isn't just the only copper who follows the book, he's probably the only one who's ''read'' it, since the equally by the book, but much more pragmatic, Commander Vimes got the Librarian to hide it because it was just causing trouble.
** Also it's quite heavy, so if Captain Carrot threatens to "throw the book at you", duck.
* The Literature/TheEchoCaseFiles series. Sara Ramirez is this, which is why her boss trusts her with the absolute power that being a Confederate Marshal gives a person; she knows Ramirez won't abuse it.
* The Literature/InDeath series. Eve somehow manages to be '''both''' this and a CowboyCop! Peabody is a straighter example of By-the-Book Cop but not entirely.
* Literature/SanoIchiro, in the series bearing his name, is an interesting twist as he is also a {{Samurai}}. Unlike many of his compatriots, he actually follows the code of Bushido and is an honest man.
* The original InspectorJavert of ''Literature/LesMiserables'', who strives to be an absolutely irreproachable representative of the law. It's why Valjean keeps slipping through his fingers: Javert won't move to arrest him without proof, and the delay gives Valjean time to [[OhCrap notice he's in trouble]] and skip town.
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' is a world where the powerful break the rules, often simply because they ''can''. Murphy is a cop who Believes in the power of law. [[BreakTheCutie That doesn't last.]]
* In SergeyLukyanenko's ''[[Literature/NightWatch New Watch]]'', Staff Sergeant Dima Pastukhov of the Moscow Police considers himself an honest cop, by Russian standards. Granted, he'll occasionally accept a small bribe (e.g. more change than what he paid) from a cafe owner when stopping by for lunch or rough up a drunk or two when they get roudy and refuse to go to a sobering-up station. However, he will also chase down any perp without a second thought, won't harass store owners, and will let those who are only a little drunk go home (provided they don't drive). However, he avoids the Others like the plague, having been accidentally granted the ability to see them by Anton's carelessness in the first novel (he's one of the two cops he tells to go get drunk on his first case, nearly costing them their careers).
* Joe Leaphorn in Creator/TonyHillerman's mystery novels.
* In ''TheStormlightArchive'' Nale is very careful to follow the laws of whatever country he's in. He doesn't necessarily follow the spirit of these laws, nor show respect to the people who wrote them, but he does follow what's written down. His true purpose seems to be to kill people with Surgebinding abilities, but he'll only do so if he can get a legal writ of execution for some crime they committed.

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[[folder: Live Action Television ]]
* ''Series/AlienNation'': George Francisco.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Not quite a cop, but a similar example: Director Walter Skinner of the FBI likes things clean and easy, with Mulder and Scully turning in matching reports, preferably with no mention of aliens, [[MadScientist mad science]], or [[MonsterOfTheWeek miscellaneous monstrosities]]. In a way Scully herself plays stern By-the-Book Cop to Mulder's enthusiastic [[CowboyCop cowboyesque]] shenanigans.
** Skinner is no stranger to cowboyish attitude but he is also perfectly aware how dangerous is the environment he is moving in.
** The real BTBC here is Doggett, who actually got his start as a cop. Once you get over the fact that [[ReplacementScrappy he replaced one of the most beloved characters in the series]], the poor fellow's attempts to adapt from his world of by-the-numbers L&O to the weird and wacky world of the X-Files can be somewhat charming.
* Peter tries to be this on ''WhiteCollar'', but Neal's brilliant-but-not-quite-legal schemes make it hard for him. More often than not he ends up looking the other way, or even ''helping'' Neal, if he knows it means catching the criminal.
* TheDakotas: Ragan is the perfect example of this. The show is set in the OldWest, and Ragan believes that deviating from the law in any way devalues it.
* Odo in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' is from a species that has by the book as [[PlanetOfHats its hat]]. As the head of law enforcement on the station, he does have mercy with people who meant no harm or acted out of desperation, but that does not stop him from taking loitering children to his office and calling their parents to get them.
* ''Series/DueSouth'': Mountie Benton Fraser. Not just that, he goes by [[FishOutOfWater a completely different book than people might expect]].
* P.C George Dixon of ''Series/DixonOfDockGreen'' is a British example.
* The police officers on shows like ''Series/LawAndOrder'' and ''HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'', at least in their earlier seasons, generally tended to be this sort of cop; they might not have been quite the 'friendly police officer' of earlier tropes, but they generally tended to do their jobs following procedure.
** With a rather lax interpretation of the Bill of Rights, however.
* Just about every police officer in a [[{{Franchise/Dragnet}} Jack Webb]] production. When an exception shows up, it's usually the main characters who have to catch or stop him.
* The ''Series/TheGoodGuys'' has Jack Bailey who is extremely by the book but pisses off his superiors so much that the only way he can solve the case is to follow the lead of his CowboyCop partner.
** [[TooDumbToLive Detective Elton Hodges]] has been filling this role in a very [[IncrediblyLamePun by-the-book]] fashion as Jack has become more and more influenced by Stark.
* Sam Tyler in ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' and Alex Drake in ''AshesToAshes'' are the [=BTBCs=] to Gene Hunt's OldFashionedCopper. DCI Jim Keats in ''AshesToAshes'' is a villainous BTBC example.
* In ''Series/FreddysNightmares'', the cop who arrested Freddy Krueger but forgot to sign a warrant was actually one of these, and frowned upon the idea of the parents of Springwood getting together and administering justice on Freddy themselves when the case against him was dismissed.
* Rob Hollins in ''{{Doctors}}''.
* FBI example: Agent Hotchner in ''Series/CriminalMinds'', although he did have a bit of a breakdown at one point that led to him [[spoiler: walking into a house to confront an armed killer by himself and even beating a killer to death with his bare hands (but in a situation in which it's pretty easy to argue that [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he had no choice]])]].
* ''Series/TheShadowLine'':
** Jonah Gabriel gives the impression of one at first, though he has cowboyish traits like his refusal to obey his superiors' wish that he stop investigating Harvey Wratten's death and he's hinted for a while to have been an actual DirtyCop [[AmnesiacDissonance before he lost his memory]].
** Robert Beatty, though he's a customs officer rather than a cop.
** A minor example appears in the first scene of the series, with the rookie that points out all the procedures [[DirtyCop Sergeant Foley]] violates at the scene of Harvey Wratten's murder.
* ''Series/{{Community}}'' parodies this in "The Science of Illusion" when Annie and Shirley become temporary campus security guards. They end up getting into an argument about which one of them should be the By-the-Book Cop and which one should be the CowboyCop despite the fact that both of them are equally suited to both roles, and GenreSavvy Abed, who is following them around, ends up invoking a whole load of tropes based on this.
* Detective Abby Kowalski from ''Series/AgainstTheWall''.
* ''Series/RookieBlue'' has Chris Diaz as the most By-the-Book Cop amongst rookies. Actually detrimental to his performance as he does not take initiative which is noted by his superiors.
* Signalman from ''Series/GekisouSentaiCarranger'', oh so very much. [[PlayedForLaughs Played to the hilt for laughs]], of course.
* Sky from ''Series/PowerRangersSPD.'' Constant head-butting with the much more laid-back Jack, naturally.
* The ''Series/{{CSI}}'' franchise can both play this straight and subvert it. Brass in the original series and Mac in ''{{CSI NY}}'' are usually very by-the-book. But, lately, Mac in particular, and Brass to a smaller extent will break rules if it comes to it.
* Wes in ''Series/CommonLaw'', lawyer-turned-homicide detective. His CowboyCop partner Travis jokes that he's a robot incapable of emotion. His expertise is analyzing the facts of the case, often tediously reading reports and looking at photographs for hours on end.
* In ''Series/GoldenBoy'' detective Don Owen is very by-the-book which often frustrates Walter Clark, his ambitious CowboyCop partner. However, Owen has a tendency to turn into a CowboyCop himself when the case [[ItsPersonal becomes too personal]]. This is seen as a major flaw of his because it tends to mess up the case and almost gets Owen killed.
* ''Series/MurderSheWrote'' had two of them. Cabot Cove's first sheriff was Amos Tupper, an honest cop and a close friend of Jessica. After he retired after the fourth season, he was replaced by Sheriff Mort Metzger, a former NYPD detective who took the job after mistakenly believing that the town was a peaceful place. Still, he did his job well, considering.
* Sgt. Bernie Terwilliger in ''Series/{{Hunter}}'' lives for the Book, loathes Hunter for his disregard for the rules, and never fails to point it out. He later gets transferred to InternalAffairs, a job which suits him to a T. Contrary to the trope description, he is not older than the other detectives (he seems to be in his late thirties in the first season).
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Pretty much every LAPD cop in ''Radio/{{Dragnet}}'', as [[TruthInTelevision the stories are based on actual LAPD reports.]]
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/FengShui'', the By-the-Book Cop is usually a Karate Cop. He may bend the law to serve higher justice, but only if he has no other choice.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the {{Literature/Ultramarines}} take this approach to warfare. Their founder wrote the ''[[BigBookOfWar Codex Astartes]]'' which laid out both the organization and tactics of the Space Marines, and it is no exaggeration to say they try and follow his tenets [[WarriorMonk religiously]]. A recurring theme of the book series is the difficulty in balancing the Ultramarines' dedication to the ''Codex'' with the realities of the present - their founder never wrote any tactics for dealing with [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Tyranids]] or [[SkeleBot9000 Necrons]], after all.
** The Arbitrators generally fall here as well. The book they follow is very draconian but ''TabletopGame/{{Dark Heresy}}'' mentions that committing vigilante justice is among the worst heresies an Arbitrator can commit.
** Puritan Inquisitors, while still very likely to ignore actual laws when it suits them (the Inquisition being above such restrictions), tend to follow accepted philosophies rather than attempting unsanctioned solutions (such as using Chaos against itself or trying to restructure the Imperium) the way Radicals do.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* Katsuya from ''{{Persona 2}}'' is by-the-book to a ridiculous degree, even in supernatural situations where the law shouldn't really apply. (In a reversal of the usual way of this trope, he's quite young; his rule-breaking, dubious-method-using foil, Baofu, is much older.)
* Citadel Security (C-Sec for short) in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' is apparently made up of nothing ''but'' By-the-Book Cops, if the player is to believe their leader. The outwardly-reserved CowboyCop on your crew split with the force over increasing frustration with C-Sec's regulations; [[PlayerCharacter Commander Shepard]] has the option to either encourage him in his CowboyCop behavior or convince him of the value of doing things by the book.
** Made far more meaningful considering that as a Spectre, Paragon Shepard actually ''does'' have total authority in Citadel Space to act as JudgeJuryAndExecutioner if they want to. It's implied that Shepard's actions teach Garrus that just because someone ''can'' use force to take down criminals, doesn't mean they ''should''.
** Of course, in the second game a C-Sec officer admits during Thane's loyalty mission that he's been looking the other way of a certain criminal as long as he "buys tickets to the C-Sec charity ball." The same cop will later [[spoiler:skirt rules to let Thane's son off the hook for attempted murder (and, if you choose the Renegade option, the murder you ''finished'')]], although that's shown as an act of compassion. Overall, not exactly a CowboyCop, but he's certainly breaking a few rules at this point.
* Norman Jayden from ''VideoGame/HeavyRain'', whose by the book-ness naturally puts him at odds with CowboyCop Lieutenant Blake.
* Your squad in ''SWAT4'', the best score will be awarded to players who follow this trope--handcuff and report all suspects and civilians, subdue suspects with non-lethal methods and bring them in alive unless they're openly hostile, and confiscate all firearms and other evidence.
* Caitlyn in ''VideoGame/LeagueOfLegends'', being the sheriff of Piltover, is this, especially when compared to her CowboyCop [[OddCouple partner]], Vi.
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[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* ''Franchise/AceAttorney:''
** Edgeworth is a by-the-book prosecutor (which is almost the same thing as a cop in this universe) in ''Ace Attorney Investigations''. He goes by the rule of evidence, even when someone's guilt is blindingly obvious. In the first game, pre-HeelFaceTurn, he is a little less ethical.
** One might file the judge under this trope. He responds only to presented evidence and testimony, despite his senile appearance.
* Detective Gurski from the MurderMystery VisualNovel ''VisualNovel/{{Jisei}}'' spends most of his time guarding the crime scene and making calls to get a background on the victim. He will not hesitate to arrest you if he manages to see you trying to get another look at the body. However, he does defy this trope by encouraging the protagonist to do most of the questioning on his own.
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[[folder: Web Comics]]
* Kittan of ''Webcomic/{{DOUBLE K}}'' is presented as this. The by the book, insanely rewarded and loved transfer from another department. [[spoiler:Until it's revealed to be a cover story by his former chief, and that he's just as much a CowboyCop as Kamina.]]
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[[folder: Web Original ]]
* Used as a positive in {{Website/Cracked}}'s list of [[http://www.cracked.com/article_18791_if-movie-characters-didnt-make-horrible-decisions.html Movie Characters that didn't make horrible decisions]]
--> '''Perfect Partners:'''
-->After Danny Rizzo loses yet another wisecracking maverick partner to an explosion, he dreads being paired up with still another loose cannon who gets things done. Instead, he gets James Flynn, a cop who likes to do everything the same way he does. When they find themselves reading suspects their Miranda rights in unison, they know this partnership was meant to be.
-->Together, they hit the streets and play it safe, steering responsibly away from things outside their jurisdiction and always calling for backup.
-->The film follows their careers together, traffic stop after traffic stop after noise complaint, until the last day before retirement.
-->They arrive to find a suspiciously empty office. Sensing something is wrong, they hurry to the chief's office, where the whole department surprises them with a party, and the chief winkingly tells them they can head home a day early and count it as a free "sick day" on him. After retiring, they move to Florida with their wives.
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[[folder: Western Animation ]]
* Police Chief Suarez, Frida's father, in ''ElTigre''.
* From ''{{Fillmore}}'': Wayne Ligget, Fillmore's old partner, was said to be the good cop to Fillmore's CowboyCop.
-->'''Fillmore:''' You're always by the book.
-->'''Wayne:''' You ''threw out'' my book.
* Flint in ''GIJoeRenegades'' is this. Although he ''starts'' to suspect Duke's innocence of the crime, he still wants to bring him in if only to get to the bottom of things.
* Renee Montoya from "WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries"
* Zachary Foxx in ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'' defaults to this, and was much more "by the book" at the start of the series. His more "colorful" BadassCrew sometimes rubs off on him, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987'' has the Shredder's brother.
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* Chilean cops are generally this, especially the young ones fresh out school. Don't ever, EVER, try to bribe one to get out of a ticket. Lie, cry, say your mother is dying, but do not try to bribe the cop. This is even mentioned in tourism information about the country.
* Most Italian law enforcement officers, especially those from the Carabinieri (technically military, but working as part of the law enforcement).
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