A Police Procedural is concerned with an accurate representation of the day to day realities and procedures of the police. It's a very specific sub-genre of crime fiction. The Police Procedural is almost the antithesis of the CopShow. The Police Procedural is characterized by the lack of emphasis on the character's personal lives and the increased focus on the nuts-and-bolts of law enforcement.

This term is also sometimes used specifically to describe the "ReverseWhodunnit" style of crime drama made famous by ''Series/{{Columbo}}'', despite the fact that most examples have very little to do with actual police procedure.

Both the Police Procedural and the Cop Show are sometimes called "Precinct Shows".

See also: CriminalProcedural, ForensicDrama, BuddyCopShow, CopShow.
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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/AdamTwelve''
* ''Series/{{Almost Human}}'' (To a point)
* ''Series/BarneyMiller''
* ''Series/BetweenTheLines''
* ''Series/TheBill''
* ''Series/{{Botineras}}''
* ''Series/TheBridgeUS''
* ''Series/BronBroen''
* ''Series/CasesOfTheFirstDepartment''
* ''Series/{{Castle}}''
* ''Series/TheChicagoCode''
* ''Series/CityHomicide''
* ''Series/TheCloser''
* ''Series/{{Forbrydelsen}}''
* ''TheGlades''
* ''Series/HillStreetBlues''
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet''
* ''Series/{{Intelligence 2006}}''
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' (a combined Police Procedural and LawProcedural)
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent''
* ''Series/LawAndOrderLA''
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''
* ''Series/MajorCrimes''
* ''Series/MestoTienov''
* ''Series/MobCity''
* ''Series/NewYorkUndercover''
* ''Series/NYPDBlue''
* ''Series/{{Phoenix}}'' is an Australian show.
* ''Series/ScottAndBailey''
* ''Series/{{Southland}}''
* ''Series/{{Tatort}}''
* ''Series/TigerCubs''
* ''Series/ThirdWatch''
* ''Series/TheTunnel''
* ''Series/TheWire''

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* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' is a ''Mecha Show'' Police Procedural, set {{Twenty Minutes Into The Future}}.
* ''Anime/WXIIIPatlaborTheMovie3''
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' is a post-cyberpunk Police Procedural that deals with cybercrime in a world where pretty much everybody is a cyborg.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* ''ComicBook/{{Fell}}'' is about a detective in a DarkerAndEdgier part of town.
* ''ComicBook/GothamCentral'' follows the Major Case Squad of the Gotham City Police Department as they deal with crimes and the villians that plague the city.
* ''ComicBook/TopTen'' is a Super Hero Police Procedural.

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[[folder: Comic Strip ]]

* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''

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[[folder: Film - Live Action ]]

* ''Film/HighAndLow'': The second half of Akira Kurosawa's film, based on Ed [=McBain's=] ''87th Precinct'' novel, ''King's Ransom''.
* ''Film/{{M}}'' by Creator/FritzLang's and its sort-of sequel ''Film/DasTestamentDesDoktorMabuse'' are some of the earliest cinematic examples, starring Otto Wernicke as Kommissar Lohmann of the Berlin police.
* ''Film/{{The Next Generation Patlabor}}'': The live-action sequel of the Patlabor series, based on the movie timeline.
* ''Film/WhiteHeat'', despite being known mainly for James Cagney's manic performance ("Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"), with details on how undercover police go about gaining the trust of a villain, and details on how a vehicle tail is conducted.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/EightySeventhPrecinct'', Ed [=McBain's=] novels.
* ''Literature/RiversOfLondon''
* Maurice Procter's "Granchester" novels featuring Detective Inspector Harry Martineau and the "Granchester" police force.
* The ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' trilogy in the Literature/TortallUniverse is a police procedural in a setting where policing is a fairly recent concept.
* ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' (part of City Watch subseries in ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'')
* ''Discworld/FeetOfClay'' (part of City Watch subseries)
* ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' (part of City Watch subseries)

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/BlueForce''
* ''VideoGame/LANoire'' plays out like this, with the player actively engaging in police work like collecting evidence and [[PerpSweating interrogating suspects]].
* ''VideoGame/PoliceQuest''
* ''VideoGame/CognitionAnEricaReedThriller''

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* ''Webcomic/ParadigmShift'' is a Police Procedural plus werewolves.
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