A Police Procedural is concerned with an accurate representation of the day to day realities and procedures of the police and law enforcement. 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.

Note that the focus on "realistic" police work doesn't mean the show has to be set in "reality". A show looking at the day-to-day routine of the SpacePolice is still a procedural.

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

See also: CriminalProcedural, ForensicDrama, BuddyCopShow, CopShow.
!! Examples:


[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/NineOneOne''
* ''Series/AdamTwelve''
* ''Series/{{Almost Human}}''
* ''Series/{{APB}}'' (To an extent)
* ''Series/BarneyMiller''
* ''Series/BattleCreek''
* ''Series/BetweenTheLines''
* ''Series/TheBill'' (until it got {{ReTool}}ed into a police soap)
* ''Series/{{Bosch}}''
* ''Series/{{Botineras}}''
* ''Series/{{Braquo}}''
* ''Series/TheBreak''
* ''Series/TheBridgeUS''
* ''Series/BronBroen''
* ''Series/{{Cardinal}}''
* ''Series/CasesOfTheFirstDepartment''
* ''Series/{{Castle}}''
* ''Series/TheChicagoCode''
* ''Series/CityHomicide''
* ''Series/TheCloser''
* ''Series/Collateral2018''
* ''Series/{{Cops LAC}}''
* ''Series/{{Cuffs}}''
* ''Franchise/{{Dragnet}}''
* ''Series/TheFall''
* ''Series/{{Forbrydelsen}}''
* ''Series/{{Forever}}''
* ''Series/GangRelated''
* ''Series/TheGlades''
* ''Series/HighwayPatrol''
* ''Series/HillStreetBlues''
* ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet''
* ''Series/InTheHeatOfTheNight''
* ''Series/{{Intelligence 2006}}''
* ''Series/{{iZombie}}''
* ''Series/{{Jo}}''
* ''Series/{{Jordskott}}''
* ''Series/LawAndOrder'' (a combined Police Procedural and LawProcedural)
* ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent''
* ''Series/LawAndOrderLA''
* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit''
* ''Series/LineOfDuty''
* ''Series/{{Maigret}}''
* ''Series/MajorCrimes''
* ''Series/MestoTienov''
* ''Series/{{Mindhunter}}''
* ''Series/MobCity''
* ''Series/{{Motive}}''
* ''Series/{{Narcos}}''
* ''Series/NewYorkUndercover''
* ''Series/{{Nineteen Two}}''
* ''Series/NYPDBlue''
* ''Series/{{Phoenix}}'' is an Australian show.
* ''Series/{{Rosewood}}''
* ''Series/{{Rush}}''
* ''Series/SafeHouse'' (Partially)
* ''Series/{{Shetland}}''
* ''Series/ScottAndBailey''
* ''Series/{{Southland}}''
* ''Series/ShadesOfBlue''
* ''Series/ShotsFired''
* ''Series/{{Sorjonen}}''
* ''Series/{{SSGB}}''
* ''Series/{{Stalker}}''
* ''Series/StanLeesLuckyMan''
* ''Series/{{Tatort}}''
* ''Series/TigerCubs''
* ''Series/ThirdWatch''
* ''Series/TrainingDay''
* ''Series/TheTunnel''
* ''Series/TheWire''
* ''Series/YGwyll''
* Eastern European police procedurals tend to focus more on corruption within the police force. Examples include:
** ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0192936/ Streets of Broken Lights]]'' (Russia)
** ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1909015/ Pod prikritie]]'' (Bulgaria)
** ''[[http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5907796/ Ubice moga oca]]'' (Serbia)


[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* ''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.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShellArise''
* ''Manga/{{Kurokochi}}'' is a Police Procedural focused on the cases of the sleazy cop Keita Kurokochi who investigates cold cases involving powerful politicians.


[[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 villains that plague the city.
* ''ComicBook/TopTen'' is a superhero Police Procedural.
* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' is a science fiction police procedural with heavy doses of satire, SpaceWestern elements and supernatural events.


[[folder: Comic Strip ]]

* ''ComicStrip/DickTracy''


[[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/HitTeam'': The only Hong Kong movie that centers on the Hong Kong Police Force's secretive Surveillance Support Unit.
* ''Film/{{M}}'' by Creator/FritzLang's and its sort-of sequel ''Film/TheLastWillOfDrMabuse'' 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.
* ''Film/FireInTheSky'': Although this film is an alien abduction story, the focus is not on the abduction but on the police investigation. This police procedural takes up about half of the film time.
* ''Film/DetectiveStory'' shows the everyday routine of the 21st Precinct, the issues they have to deal with, from petty complaints by citizens, to minor felonies, to major crimes.
* ''Film/TheNakedCity'' is told from the view point of the staff working at the homicide department, and thus providing us with many of the details of daily detective work.
* ''Film/HeWalkedByNight''


[[folder: Literature ]]

* ''Literature/DublinMurderSquad'', Tana French's series about Dublin detectives.
* ''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)
* Most of the novels of ''Creator/MichaelSlade'' revolve around Special X, a division of the Mounties who catch serial killers.
* ''Literature/ShadowPolice''


[[folder: Radio ]]

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


[[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''
* ''VideoGame/{{Virginia}}''


[[folder: Webcomic ]]

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