-> '''Sergeant Taggart:''' We're more likely to believe an important local businessman than a foulmouthed jerk from out of town.\\
'''Axel Foley:''' Foulmouthed? [Taggart nods] [[PrecisionFStrike Fuck you, man.]]
-->-- ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop''

A very specific sub-trope of FishOutOfWater, this is what happens when a cop must journey outside their assigned jurisdiction to solve a case or catch a criminal.

A very effective story-telling tool, this trope can set the stage for many interesting deconstructions, reconstructions, or parodies of cop/detective tropers. One of the most popular byproducts of this trope is the CultureClash between a CowboyCop and his ByTheBookCop partner. Indeed, the Cowboy Cop may come from a place where his rule-breaking antics are not only not punished, but are necessary to his job, but he relocates to a place where such initiative is frowned upon. Naturally JurisdictionFriction may occur.

Also this can result in a Buddy Cop scenario, as two cops from two different law enforcement worlds may realize that are NotSoDifferent after all and come to a comfortable working relationship.

For obvious reasons, this applies to local, city, or state law enforcment officials or detectives. May include domestic national investigators. Government espionage agents like Franchise/JamesBond or [[Film/MissionImpossible Ethan Hunt]] travel the world as part of their duties, so they wouldn't count.


* ''ArmitageIII'' is made of this trope. ByTheBookCop travels to Mars, meets CowboyCop, awkwardness (and later buddying) ensues.

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* Happens whenever ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'' leaves Mega-City One to pursue criminals in foreign jurisdictions. He'll note that local judges are too lax or corrupt, but is forced to abide by their laws.

* One of the best examples is TheEighties hit ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop''. The eponymous character is not a policeman in Beverly Hills, but rather a UsefulNotes/{{Detroit}} cop whose CowboyCop ways clash with the more straightlaced Bevery Hills PD.
** To be fair, his CowboyCop ways clash with his own superiors in Detroit as well.
* The first two ''Franchise/DieHard'' movie see UsefulNotes/{{New York|City}} cop John [=McClane=] taking on terrorists in unfamiliar locations (an office tower in UsefulNotes/LosAngeles, and a UsefulNotes/WashingtonDC airport) and with law enforcement that don't necessarily appreciate his methods.
* A dramatic example with ''Film/InTheHeatOfTheNight'', released in 1967, in which a black UsefulNotes/{{Philadelphia}} detective finds himself first accused of killing a white man in very racist town, [[DeepSouth Sparta, Mississippi]], and then actually gets pressed into helping the bigoted white police chief catch the real killer.
* The ''RushHour'' movies. In the first, Inspector Lee (Jackie Chan) is the (very) Strange Cop in the (very) Strange Land, in this case Los Angeles. In the second movie, Detective Carter (Chris Tucker) has to figure out how to fit in in Hong Kong. In the third movie, both are Strange Cops in Paris.
* ''The'' ''FrenchConnection'' ''II'' finds Detective Popeye Doyle, the New York narc from the first film, traveling to Marseilles to catch the French drug kingpin. He isn't fond of the French law officials, and they aren't very fond of the alleged "true American hero".
* In ''Film/BlackRain'', a simple task to return a Yakuza back to the Japanese authorities leads to two NYPD cops getting embroiled in a gang war in Tokyo.
* ''Film/DemolitionMan'': a [[CowboyCop loose cannon]] LAPD cop from the late 90's wakes up in a pacifist dystopia.
* ''[[Film/{{Shaft}} Shaft In Africa]]''. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.

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* Sam Vimes in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels ''Discworld/{{Jingo}}'' ([[{{Qurac}} Klatch]]), ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' ({{Uberwald}})), ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'' (Uberwald again) and ''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'' ([[UsefulNotes/HomeCounties the Shires]] [[spoiler: and [[TheCityOfLight Quirm]]]]).
** And also ''Discworld/NightWatch'', where the strange and foreign country is his own native Ankh-Morpork - but thirty years previously in his past...
* Happens twice to Jim Chee in the Joe Leaphorn/Jim Chee series of Creator/TonyHillerman. Chee is a Navajo Tribal Police officer whose jurisdiction is the Navajo reservation in New Mexico and Arizona. In ''The Ghostway'', however, his case takes him to Los Angeles. In ''Talking God'' he goes to Washington, D.C. He experiences mild culture shock in both instances, mostly due to being very much a CountryMouse.
* Beka Cooper of the Literature/TortallUniverse experiences this in ''Bloodhound'' when her investigation takes her out of Corus to Port Caynn. Fortunately, part of her cover is being flighty and incompetent, so she can get away with not knowing where everything is. Unfortunately, [[spoiler:the head of the Provost's Guard is totally cowed by the local crime lord]].
* ''[[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars: The Essential Guide to Droids]]'' recounts an anecdote where a [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/501-Z_police_droid 501-Z police droid]] pursued a crime lord to Nar Shaddaa, one of many {{Wretched Hive}}s in the Galaxy Far, Far Away. Not really getting that its authority wasn't any good there, it attempted to proceed according to normal procedure and got blasted.
* In the Literature/AnnaPigeon novels, Anna is a law enforcement park ranger whose usually works in the wilds of various large national parks. In ''Liberty Falling'', she visits New York City and ends up solving a crime while staying on the ranger accommodation on Liberty Island.

* ''Series/DueSouth'', wherein a Canadian Mountie comes to UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} to fight crime, while still being a stereotypically unfailingly polite Canadian
* ''MiamiVice'': One of the two protagonists was originally a New York detective. When his quest to avenge the death of his brother brough him into conflict, and grudging partnership, with a UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} vice cop, he was persuaded to stay permanently
** A later episode reverses this when they have to travel to New York to stop some Colombian drug dealers. Now Tubbs is back on his home turf and Crockett is the fish out of water.
*** Several episodes feature Crockett and/or Tubbs having to leave Miami and go to some exotic, dangerous location to pursue criminals. The above-mentioned New York episode begins with a ColdOpen in Bogota.
* In ''Series/TimeTrax'' this trope crosses over with FishOutOfTemporalWater, wherein late 22nd-century Fugitive Retrieval Section Captain Darien Lambert pursues convicts who've escaped to the late 1990s. StrangeCopInAStrangeTime, perhaps?
* ''Series/{{Life On Mars|2006}}'' has a PresentDay DCI wake up in TheSeventies, where, needless to say, [[CowboyCop police work has a much different meaning]]. There has been an American, Spanish and Russian remake of the same concept, though the Russian version ''Dark Side of the Moon'' inverts the idea -- the CowboyCop is from the present day, and is forced to work under the bureaucratic Communist system.
* New Mexico Marshal Sam ''[[Series/{{McCloud}} [=McCloud=]]]'' escorts a prisoner to New York City and winds up on semi-permanent, "special assignment" with the NYPD.
* In the ''Series/{{CSI}}''-verse the two spinoffs began with this trope. ''CSIMiami'' began with the original Vegas crew going to Miami to solve a case and likewise when the Miami crew went to New York, it spun off ''CSINewYork''.
** Mac in Chicago. The CPD does not like him waving his badge to get into a vacant Tribune building floor on ''{{CSI NY}}''
* Franchise/SherlockHolmes adaptation ''Series/{{Elementary}}'' features a flavor of this when Holmes, former Scotland Yard consultant, checks into rehab in New York City and becomes a consultant for the NYPD.
* [[AgentMulder Special Agent Dale Cooper]] in ''Series/{{Twin|Peaks}} [[TownWithADarkSecret Peaks]]''.