''Please sit down. We'd like to ask you a few questions.''

''Who are'' we''? We're detectives; the folks who solve those [[DetectiveDrama mysteries you]] [[CopShow see on TV]] and [[RippedFromTheHeadlines read about in the paper]]. Most of us are what you'd call {{Seekers}}. Now, if you'll just answer a few--''

''What? You want'' more ''info? Alright, I'll let you ask [[Series/{{Columbo}} just one more thing]], but '''I''''m really supposed to ask the questions. We come in all shapes and sizes, from meddling kids to sweet old ladies to grizzled [=PIs=]. Some of us can tell if you're guilty just by [[SherlockScan looking at the dust on your shoe]]. Some of us... [[PoliceAreUseless can't]]. Take a look down and see our many faces. See CrimeAndPunishmentTropes for the stuff we do and SlidingScaleOfLawEnforcement for how we're portrayed.''

''Now, about your whereabouts last night...''

''Did you contrast this with OrganizedCrimeTropes on the night of the 15th?''
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!!Tropes:

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[[index]]
* AmateurSleuth
* AndroidsAndDetectives
* AtonementDetective
* BadCopIncompetentCop
* BornDetective
* ByTheBookCop
* CallingTheCopsOnTheFBI
* DaChief
** BlackBossLady
* CluelessDeputy
* CluelessDetective
* TheCommissionerGordon
* CopAndScientist
* CowboyCop
* DefectiveDetective
* DetectiveAnimal
* DetectivesFollowFootprints
* DetectiveMole
* DetectivePatsy
* DirtyCop
* DirtyHarriet
* DonutMessWithACop
* TheExoticDetective
* FairCop
** UndercoverModel
* FBIAgent
* FriendOnTheForce
* GentlemanDetective
* GoodCopBadCop
* GreatDetective
* HammerspacePoliceForce
* HardboiledDetective
* HelloAgainOfficer
* TheInspector
* InspectorJavert
* InspectorLestrade
* InspectorOblivious
* InterdisciplinarySleuth
* InternalAffairs
* InterpolSpecialAgent
* IntrepidReporter
* KidDetective
* KillerCop
* {{Lawman Gone Bad}}
* LemmingCops
* LesbianCop
* LittleOldLadyInvestigates
* MagicianDetective
* MeddlesomePatrolman
* MysteryMagnet
* MysteryWriterDetective
* NobleBigotWithABadge
* OccultDetective
* OfficerOHara
* OldFashionedCopper
* OneRiotOneRanger
* OutrankingYourJob
* PhoneInDetective
* PinkertonDetective
* PoliceAreUseless
* PoliceBrutality
* PoliceCodeForEverything
* PrivateDetective
* TheProfiler
* RabidCop
* TheSheriff
* SherlockHomage
* SleuthDatesCop
* SmithOfTheYard
* SnoopingLittleKid
* StandardPoliceMotto
* StrangeCopInAStrangeLand
* SuperCop
* SuspectIsHatless
* SuspiciouslyIdleOfficers
* SWATTeam
* SympatheticInspectorAntagonist
* TimePolice
* TrafficWardens
* UndercoverCopReveal
* USMarshal
* VampireDetectiveSeries
* VomitingCop
[[/index]]
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