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->''"If you want to find all the cops, they're hanging out in the donut shop."''
-->-- '''Music/TheBangles''', "WalkLikeAnEgyptian"

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In fiction, it's much more probable that you'll see a cop eating a donut than anyone else, except for [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]]. The cop guarding your jail cell is often seen dunking their donut with pink frosting or similar in their cup of coffee. The cop in the stakeout may have a half-empty box of donuts in their car. When taking a break from driving, they commonly hang out at the donut shop.

In more humorous displays, the cop might react to a donut as Franchise/ScoobyDoo would to a scooby snack. Donuts may be the defining motivation for them to have joined the force. In fact, "Officer Donut" is a casual insult for a cop. A police character might be so obsessed that they could be [[FoodAsBribe bribed to do anything for donuts]].

In actuality, the association between police officers and donuts is less insulting and more practical. Cops will usually [[MustHaveCaffeine consume lots of coffee]], because it's necessary for them to stay awake during the night, and the donut pairs well as a sweet to dunk in coffee or to remove its bitter aftertaste ó all of which MakesSenseInContext. Donuts are also ready-made, are boxed for easy storage, and do not melt or get inedible when old (depending on the recipe, some may only be edible for a few hours). They also tend to be both filling and cheap, and as donut shops tend to open early, for a while they were among the few places open for someone working the graveyard shift. Donut shops also tend to give out free donuts to law enforcement, partly as a public service and partly to encourage cops to hang around (and robbers to stay away).[[note]]This is illegal in some jurisdictions, as it is considered a form of bribery.[[/note]]

As donuts are fattening sweets, the cop munching them is commonly portrayed as a [[AcceptableTargets fat]], lazy, moustached ObstructiveBureaucrat. Strangely, they never get glaze or frosting in their mustache.

As for corrupt cops, just remember that EvilTastesGood - as do donuts.

While this might be TruthInTelevision, it could probably be seen today as an EvolvingTrope. If anything, a cop might be hesitant in buying donuts because of the inevitable stigma associated with them. On the other hand, TheRedStapler effect comes into play. On their first round, a rookie might buy some donuts for the station, believing that [[TheCoconutEffect all cops love them]]. But then, everyone does, so it's fair.

It should be noted that this is primarily an American/Canadian based trope, as donuts are nowhere near as popular with the police in many other countries. UsefulNotes/BritishCoppers, for example, tend to go for chips - [[SeparatedByACommonLanguage which is to say in American]], french fries - instead.


* ''Advertising/AirNewZealandSafetyVideos'': The CopShow portion of "Safety in Hollywood" has Anna Faris and Rhys Darby as cops with "official police donuts".
* An AFLAC commercial featured two cops describing AFLAC using an analogy with a donut.
* Some years back, a local commercial in the Orlando market featured the then real-life Orange County Sheriff and several of his deputies chowing down at a particular 24-hour restaurant. The tag line had the good Sheriff pointing at the repast before him and exclaiming, "''This'' is why cops don't eat donuts anymore!" (The spot was quickly pulled after protests that such a commercial endorsement by a law enforcement official was highly inappropriate.)
* The Foundation For A Better Life's "Honesty" ad - where a boy appears to steal a purse, but in reality chases down its owner - in the extended version, the cops that he appeared to be running from offer the boy a donut when they see him give the purse back.
* The infamous "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trunk_Monkey Trunk Monkey]]" ads have one where the titular critter tries to bribe an officer away from giving a ticket to his owner, first with cash, then with a donut. It doesn't work.
* A coffee commercial (can't remember the name) has one of the people praising the coffee be a cop who, after praising it, whispers that he doesn't like donuts.
* A [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3noQYVQSLIs toy commercial]] of the Blue Senturion from ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' ends with him buying a donut and a cup of coffee.
* Although technically not a Donut Shop, Glock featured an all-night-diner (which is basically the same thing to police officers) which some genius crook attempts to rob... only to find it filled to the brim with cops there for a convention. Did I forget to mention that they were all armed... with [[ProductPlacement Glocks]]?
--> RLeeErmy: "Somebody chose the wrong diner."

[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* The English GagDub of ''Anime/GhostStories'' invokes this when the kids go to the police: "Drop the Krispy Kreme and listen!"
* Koutarou Amon from ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'' has a major SweetTooth and loves donuts. In an omake, [[BunnyEarsLawyer Juuzou]] brings him a box of donuts as a bribe.
* In ''Manga/DeathNote'' L [[BigEater (unsurprisingly)]] polishes off an entire box of donuts by himself. And in the live-action film adaptation, he creates a donut kebab by placing several on a skewer.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Sam and Twitch from ''ComicBook/{{Spawn}}'' also love donuts. Especially Sam. But, then again, [[BigEater he loves everything]]...
* Harvey Bullock's love of doughnuts (see Western Animation examples below) carries over from his original appearances in the Franchise/{{Batman}} comics.
* Oddly enough Sergeant Slipper in ''ComicBook/TheBeano'' can be seen having a [[strike: donut]] doughnut.
* Lampshaded in ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan''. Peter is chasing Ultimate Carnage across the city, and we cut away to two cops walking away from a donut shop. [[spoiler: Then Carnage lands in front of them and kills them before Peter can do anything.]]
--> "This is why you gotta love the second shift."
--> "It's why ''you'' love the second shift."
--> "You cannot get fresher. The frosting is still cracking."
--> "You are a caricature of a caricature."
* Lampshaded in an issue of ''ComicBook/SpiderGirl'':
--> "Cops on a donut run. I feel like a walkin' sterotype."
* Used very memorably as a PreAssKickingOneLiner in ''Comicbook/GhostRider2099.'' Our cybernetic protagonist is confronted by a squad of corrupt police, and opens the beatdown with, "Bad cop. ''No donut.''"
* In the [[ComicBook/ChickTracts Jack Chick]] tract "Murph", Murph and his partner Donovan are having donuts, and Murph complains about always being called away when he orders one. As Murph is dying from gunshot wounds sustained in the robbery, Donovan brings him a sprinkled donut.
* Played with in the ''ComicBook/TheBatmanAdventures'' story "Laughter After Midnight", in which a cop tries to arrest TheJoker, only to get sucker-punched after being [[AHandfulForAnEye squirted in the eye]] with filling from the donut Joker was eating.
-->'''Joker:''' Yes! Downed by a donut! I love Gotham cops!

* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2959739/18/A-Sirius-Matter A Sirius Matter]]'' Sirius drove his motorcycle, which was charmed to be invisible to the police, at 200 MPH past a car containing "two overweight cops" who "continued munching on their donuts."

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* The police car in ''WesternAnimation/Dougs1stMovie'' has a vanity plate that says "DONUT-1"
* ''WesternAnimation/AllDogsGoToHeaven2'': Charlie and David distract a large group of cops by announcing that a truck with fresh donuts has arrived outside the police station.
* Taken literally in ''Disney/WreckItRalph'', where the two cops of ''Sugar Rush'', [[ThoseTwoBadGuys Wynchell and Duncan]], are respectively an éclair (or a long john) and a ring doughnut, and are named after [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winchell%27s_Donuts two]] [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunkin%27_Donuts known]] donut chains.
* As revealed in the 2018 ''WesternAnimation/SlyCooper'' movie trailer, the Cooper Gang try to steal donuts when Murray begs for some. But when the donut store closes...Sly steals donuts from cops, causing them to get chased. Bentley yells "Why can't we just order pizza like normal people?"
* Benjamin Clawhauser, ZPD's receptionist/dispatcher in ''Disney/{{Zootopia}}'', eats so many donuts that his hands are always covered with sprinkles. [[EstablishingCharacterMoment He's first introduced eating one]], comments on how he's the stereotypical fat donut-loving cop after a profiling faux pas, and then pulls out a donut from a fold of his neck when Judy points it out to him. [[BigEater Donuts aren't the only sugary things he constantly eats, though]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNutJob2NuttyByNature'': When Surly and Buddy try to get food from a donut shop, several cops go there because they're informed that the place is charging half the usual price for the donuts. [[spoiler:Once the Mayor is arrested and Liberty Land is closed, one of the cops seizes a donut cart.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In an early scene in ''Film/RoboCop3'', a rather pathetic hoodlum charges into a donut shop to hold the place up, and is suddenly covered in glowing red dots. He looks around in confusion and belatedly notices all the uniformed police officers/customers pointing their [[LaserSight laser-sighted]] guns at him. This was even lampshaded by the clerk sarcastically commenting to the hood, "So what's it like [[ThisAintRocketSurgery being a rocket scientist]]?" Then the main plot kicks in, and they leave him just standing there, pleading "Isn't someone going to arrest me?"
* In ''Film/MarsAttacks'', cops are seen fleeing from a donut shop being blown up by Martians.
* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'':
-->'''Paul Smecker''': [enters the police station, packed with cops] First of all, I'd like to thank whichever one of you donut-munching, barrel-assed, pud-pulling sissies leaked this to the press.
* ''Film/HollywoodHomicide'':
-->'''Ruby''': Bad cop! No donut.
* The bank robbers in ''Film/TheLookout'' contemptuously refer to the cop who makes coffee runs for Chris as "Deputy Donut."
* Also from ''Film/RaisingArizona:''
-->'''Smalls''': You wanna find an outlaw, you ''call'' an outlaw; you wanna find a Dunkin' Donuts, call a cop.
* ''Film/DieHard'' refers to this one as well: Sergeant [[strike:Carl Winslow]] Al Powell buys a massive pile of Twinkies for his pregnant wife. The store clerk harasses him about it.
-->'''Clerk''': I thought you guys just ate donuts.
* The cop in ''Film/TheSantaClause'' had a donut that Charlie proceeded to stuff into his mouth after the elf commando squad tied him up.
** There's also a very quick "blink and you'll miss it" moment earlier on. When the cops are preparing to go on a manhunt for Scott and have the town mapped out, in the corner one of the key sections underlined is that of a donut shop.
* In ''Film/EvilAmbitions'' (released on DVD as ''Satanic Yuppies'') an obnoxious donut-eating cop attempts to keep McGavin the heroic reporter from the scene of a Satanic sacrifice. When outwitted, the cop takes an angry bite from his donut.
* During the chase scene finale of ''Film/ConAir'', two RedShirt cops join in, dropping their donuts to do so.
* ''Film/RushHour'' has a scene early in the film which has [[ArmsDealer Clive]] telling a couple of cops he's having a standoff outside a diner to "get back in the diner and buy some donuts" while holding [[CowboyCop Carter]] hostage.
* Doyle in ''Film/TheMask''. We also had a warden dunking his donut.
* ''Film/PsychoCopReturns'' opens with slow motion donut eating by the eponymous villain as he overhears the two of the main cast's plan for the afterwork party.
* In ''Film/WhosTheMan'', Creator/DenisLeary's character, Sgt. Cooper, attempts to stop Doctor Dré[[note]]Andre Brown, the MTV VJ, not to be confused with rapper Dr. Dre[[/note]] from ever eating a donut again, [[BerserkButton all because he calls himself "Doctor"]]. He proceeds to taunt Dré by letting his partner Ed Lover have all the donuts he wants.
* In ''Film/BlueStreak'', Creator/MartinLawrence's character is a jewel thief pretending to be a robbery/homicide detective in order to retrieve a diamond stolen years before and hidden in the building. At one point, he sees a box of donuts and happily grabs one, only to put it back with the words, "I'm not a cop."
* ''Film/TheCrow'':
-->'''Sergeant Albrecht''': "So many cops, you'd think they givin' away donuts."
* The credits sequence of the first ''Film/TheNakedGun'' finishes with the police car stopping at a donut shop.
* It took the PoliceAcademy series until the fourth film to play this trope.
-->'''Zed''':I'm now about to teach you the most important thing to know while you're out on patrol. And that is...how to eat a donut.
* [[DefiedTrope Defied]] in ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''.
-->'''George Stacy''': "Do you think we just sit around and eat doughnuts all day?"
* In ''Film/BeverlyHillsCop'' after Axel is released by the local police because he is just "on vacation," he sees the two officers staking out down the street from his "borrowed" hotel room. He sends them coffee and doughnuts, ultimately paid for by the Beverly Hills Police Department.
* In ''Film/TheFugitive'', after taking over the investigation from the obviously incompetent local PD, Marshall Sam Gerard orders them to search every farmhouse, henhouse, doghouse and outhouse within a 4 mile radius. Then he asks for a doughnut with "some of those little sprinkly things on it."
* ''Film/TommyBoy'': Michelle's brother used to steal donuts back when he and Tommy were kids. He's a cop now.
* ''Film/TwoGuns'': Has this alleged old criminal saying:
-->'''Bobby''': Didja ever hear the saying, Never rob a bank thatís across from a diner that has the best donuts in three counties?\\
'''Stig''': Thatís not a saying.\\
'''Bobby''': Yes it is.\\
'''Stig''': No itís not. I get what youíre saying, but itís not a saying.\\
'''Bobby''': Itís a saying.\\
'''Stig''': Alright.\\
'''Bobby''': Itís a saying now.
* Even as ''Film/WolfCop'' lycanthropic cop [[PunnyName Lou Garou]] prefers donuts (from Liquor Donut) to devouring human flesh.

* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'' book ''Small Favor'', Harry requires some donuts to bribe a faerie and asks Murphy to get some. She's offended until he explains exactly why cops eat donuts, pretty much the same as in the page description. She grudgingly accepts this and tells him which car they're in. (She says that she prefers granola bars herself - similar advantages but healthier.)
** Harry likes doing this to Murphy. In "Something Borrowed," the following dialogue ensues:
--->"I'll pay you in donuts."
--->"Dresden, you pig. That cop-donut thing is a vicious stereotype."
--->"Donuts with little pink sprinkles."
--->"Professional profiling is just as bad as racial profiling."
--->"Yeah. But you know you want the little pink sprinkles."
* Once every few novels of the ''Literature/InDeath'' series, someone is bound to bring a box of donuts into "Cop Central." Usually it's intrepid reporter Nadine Furst, who routinely bribes her way into Eve Dallas's office by this method, but sometimes it's just "someone brought donuts." A feeding frenzy inevitably ensues, and the cop who takes care to set a donut aside for a colleague is considered a thoughtful person indeed.
* In the Creator/TamoraPierce ''Literature/ProvostsDog'' books, Beka Cooper, a Guardswoman (or "Provost's Dog"), dines on "fried dough spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg", which she later describes as "dough knots". Her partner Tunstall also has a fondness for stopping at the local bakery stall on the slightest pretext in ''Terrier'', which are not strictly donuts but close enough.
* Invoked and exploited by ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' - Dora brings a box of donuts to her old police station so that her ex-colleagues can say that they were having a break while she was (illegally) looking through their archives for a magical.
* Rare British example: The Ankh-Morpork City Watch, in the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' novels. Captain Vimes has a doughnut at Harga's House of Ribs in ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' (and describes the recipe in full, to express his annoyance at Harga's literal-minded response to his asking for coffee "[[Series/TwinPeaks black as midnight on a moonless night]]"). In ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', it's mentioned that Sergeant Colon and the ex-Watchmen who come in to chat with him get through a lot of doughnuts, but it's worth it for the information. In ''Discworld/NightWatch'' it's mentioned that one of the reasons Ankh-Morpork-trained watchmen are held in such high regard is that they don't accept bribes, apart from the occasional free beer and doughnut. And in ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', one character refers to the Watch being annoyed about breaking up a riot because it would be keeping them from the doughnut shop. Of course, while ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' is a British creation, it takes its tropes from everywhere.
** But for the most part, Watch members prefer foreign takeout, partly because that's what usually comes with coffee in the setting, but this ''is'' a British trope: UsefulNotes/BritishCoppers working the night-shift often end up grabbing something to eat from a Chinese takeaway or a kebab shop because they're usually the last place on the high street to close for the night.
* Everyone Jo knows from DaChief to her cabbie buddy Gary knows her favourite types of drink and her favourite pastries from the local donut shop in ''Literature/TheWalkerPapers''.
* The shtekeleh, a Filipino-style Chinese donut in ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion''. Tears come to the detective protagonist's eyes when he realises that nothing in his life is better than eating one of them.
* The Cardassian constabulary in the ''Literature/StarTrekTheFall'' novel ''The Crimson Shadow'' enjoy "''ikrit'' buns", which are described as having a sugar coating and fruit filling.
* In the ''Literature/{{Relativity}}'' story "Ghosts of Christmas Past", officer Aaron Brooks loudly complains about this stereotype, when a superhero approaches him as he's leaving a donut shop.
-->'''Aaron:''' Why is it when a police officer goes and gets a donut, people give them shit about it? You donít see someone give an auto-mechanic crap when they go out to get a cup of coff-- ''(realizes he's talking to a superhero)''
* Many cops in Creator/MichaelConnelly's books are seen enjoying donuts. Churros are substituted once when Literature/HarryBosch can't find a donut store in a Hispanic market. [[LampshadeHanging Lampshaded]] in ''Literature/TheConcreteBlonde'' when Bosch meets up with his partner while he is on a stakeout:
-->''Edgar was parked in front of a Winchell's Donuts store, apparently not realizing the comic implications of this.''
* A slight variation on this trope often appears in Peter Robinson's Inspector Banks novels. Banks and his co-workers have an almost-daily routine of going to a restaurant near the police station and ordering coffee and toasted teacakes.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Dexter}}'' - the title character offers donuts to his coworkers, many of whom are cops. They don't last very long. The donuts, that is. This is all part of his "I'm just a harmless nice guy" facade.
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ended Experiment 409, "The Indestructible Man" with a pair of police officers instructing the SOL crew to never again make a police/[[SpellMyNameWithAnS doughnut]] joke. Joel, Servo and Crow actually signed a contract swearing that the would never make a cop/doughnut joke again. According to the Amazing Colossal Guide, they've remained true to that since.
** Although in season 10, Servo has a dirty cop refusing to stop at a Krispy Kreme so as not to "advance the stereotype."
** In Experiment 618, "High School Big Shot" during the short ("Out Of This World," the one where good and evil vie for a breadman's soul) Mike makes a cop/doughnut joke.
*** Possibly a bit of FridgeBrilliance, as Mike didn't sign the original contract.
* Referenced on ''Series/{{NCIS}}'', when [=McGee=] and Tony get into a bit of a old school/new school police approach competition. Tony declares himself a winner, and begins asking for a jelly donut.
* From ''Series/{{Lost}}'':
-->'''Sawyer''': A doctor[[note]]Jack[[/note]] playing golf. What's next, cop eatin' a donut?
* In ''Series/{{Heroes}}'', Eden uses her [[CompellingVoice persuasion powers]] to make Matt sit in his patrol car all night eating donuts, because "That's what you guys do, right?". When his colleague sees him, he complains that Matt is "a walking cliche".
* ''Series/{{Friends}}'':
** When Gary (a cop) asks Phoebe out, he says, "Don't worry, I'm not just gonna take you out for donuts." Chandler laughs, and everybody else stares, befuddled. Chan explains that it was a bizarre form of self-defense: "He has a gun!"
** Chandler made his own donut joke when Phoebe first found Gary's badge. It got an awkward silence, and he quickly admitted he could do better and asked for a do-over.
* From the ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' sketch "Two A-Holes at a Crime Scene":
-->'''Female a-hole''': ''[to cop]'' Can I have one of your donuts?\\
'''Male a-hole''': Yeah, I'll take one with sprinkles.\\
'''Cop''': I don't have any donuts.\\
'''Male a-hole''': ''[to female a-hole]'' He ate 'em all, babe.
* ''Series/{{Titus}}'' episode "What's Up, Hollywood?"
-->'''Ken Titus''': You built me a cop magnet! I might as well be a [[CrossesTheLineTwice black guy driving a large powdered doughnut]]!
* In one episode of ''Series/GoodEats'', Alton is trying to smuggle muffins to his incarcerated brother B. A. (who ''wanted'' [[JailBake a cake with a file in it]], but that's irrelevant) when a cop catches him. Alton distracts him by throwing a muffin, then remarks, "Huh. I thought it only worked with donuts." Interestingly, it ''doesn't'' work with English muffins.
* ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', where Bobby Hill goes to meet an attractive reporter to try to talk to her about her somewhat unfair reporting of their day's shift, which basically showed them every time they had something silly happen or were waiting for something. The two of them end up having sex, and so, then, she feels for Hill, so now, it only focuses on Hill's partner Renko, every time he stopped to buy donuts and left any disparaging video of Hill not used.
** Then the next time she follows them around, she gets film of Renko foiling an armed robbery, so she apologizes for her previous reporting on the air, and says as long as he does stuff like that, he's entitled to all the donuts he wants.
* Used in a teaser for ''Series/{{Psych}}'' where Gus questions where Shawn managed to find a donut at a crime scene. As Shawn gives less and less probable answers, the camera moves to show a box of donuts that was carried by the covered victim.
-->'''Shawn''': Ooh. (licks red stuff on hand) [[{{Squick}} That wasn't a jelly donut.]]
** The season seven finale has ObstructiveBureaucrat JerkAss Harris Trout bring in donuts for the team as they explain to him their mishap with their latest case,, only for Trout to throw the untouched donuts into the trash mid- story. Even ReasonableAuthorityFigure Chief Vick reacts in horror.
*** though to be fair, Trout had just gone on for ages about wasteful spending, only to waste the donuts. One wonders if she wasnt objecting to the waste.
* Referenced on ''Series/ThirdWatch'':
-->'''Bosco:''' No powdered sugar on your shirt, Sully. What, Krispy Kreme burn down?
* Referenced in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' by the title character when, on Career Day, various people suggest she could join the police force. She's not enthusiastic.
* In ''Series/LawAndOrder'', a pair of detectives were interviewing a donut store owner about seeing a suspect. The owner didn't see anything. Then, they showed an officer who just happened to be eating a donut saying that he saw something.
* On an episode of ''Series/LawAndOrderCriminalIntent'', a group of terrorists left a box of donuts full of high explosives for the cops to find. It didn't work.
* In 13th season of ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' the man Benson is seeing asks to meet her at a donut shop. She tells him that he really knows how to woo a cop.
* Mocked on ''Series/SledgeHammer'':
--> '''Sledge''':I would like to address that particular stereotype if I may. Now, your stereotypical donut is nothing but dough and sugar fried in fat, am I right? Now that fat gums up your arteries and goes to your brain, and you turn liberal. And the next thing you know, Barry Manilow is on the turn-table and you're not going to work and you're voting for gun control. You see what I'm saying? You see the connection? That's why I eat granola.
* ''Series/TheATeam'': When Murdock and Face are captured, they bluff their kidnappers into choosing a Donut Cafe as a meeting point. Once inside, the two simply get up and walk out of the Cafe, calmly asking the Gangsters what they're gonna do, shoot them in front of all the Cops?
* Played with on ''Series/ColdCase'' as Det. Vera is pissed that someone ate his TastyCakes, which are a Hostess-esque brand of snack cakes that are mainly sold on the East Coast and are especially popular in Philadelphia.
* On an episode of ''Series/MyNameisEarl'', a beleaguered cop explains that his food gets spat on a lot, and it's hard to hide a loogie on a donut.
* On ''Series/TheMentalist'', it's traditional for Lisbon's team to have either donuts or pizza following the successful closure of a case.
* In ''Series/TwinPeaks'', the protagonist FBI agent [[CloudCuckoolander Dale Cooper]] sees a spread of donuts at the police station and exclaims "A policeman's dream!".
* In the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Hangman", George and another constable have tea and donuts while on a stakeout. They even have a SeinfeldianConversation about the origins of the donut.
* Played with on ''Series/StargateSG1'' when the team are helping out in a police surveillance van on Earth.
--> '''Daniel:''' I've never been on a stakeout before. Shouldn't we have...doughnuts?
* The detective in ''Series/{{Blackpool}}'' is a BigEater. Doughnuts feature at one point [[YouGetMeCoffee (he doesn't want icing)]].
* In the very first scene of the pilot for ''Series/{{CSI}}'', Detective Jim Brass quipped that he wanted to get out of the crime scene quick so he could "catch the first rack at Krispy Kreme".
* In one episode of ''Series/KenanAndKel'', Kel got a job at a donut shop. Kenan's father pestered Kel for a free donut until Kel decided to give him one only to activate an alarm and accuse Kenan's parent of donut theft. Kenan's parents were arrested by cops who were there as customers.
* One episode of ''Series/MonsterGarage'' involved turning a police car into a rolling donut shop. A police official said that the conversion was a good idea as it would allow officers on patrol to stop for a snack without leaving their vehicles, "but it's still wrong."
* ''Series/OnceUponATime'' does this, Graham, the Huntsman/Town Sheriff, brings in a box of donuts to Emma, the deputy. Emma gives Graham a flat stare, and he responds "Some stereotypes are true."
* In ''{{Series/Supernatural}}'' a fellow law enforcement officer sources the joke. As part of his EstablishingCharacterMoment as a scarily effective, no-nonsense man, FBI Agent Victor Henriksen responds to a local cop's assumption that the FBI would be working with the police on stopping the serial-killing, grave defiling Winchesters with "you can go eat a donut and bang your wife for all I care!"
* In ''Series/ThePretender'', Jarod discovers donuts while pretending to be a policeman. A delivery guy correctly guesses that Jarod is a cop (at the moment) when he sees the many, many boxes of donuts in his house.
* The Australian comedy series ''The Late Show'' has this as a RunningGag in ''Series/{{Bargearse}}'' (a GagDub of 70's cop show ''Bluey''). The episode "Where's My Bloody Donuts?" has the overweight Detective Sgt. Bargearse investigating the theft of ten dozen jam donuts from his lunchbox.
-->DaChief: "According to this report you've eaten over 64,000 donuts in the first five episodes alone!"
* At the start of Moriarty's crime spree in episode 6 of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', DI Lestrade is relaxing in his office with coffee and a doughnut. He doesn't get to finish it.
-->'''DS Donovan:''' Sir, there's been a break-in!\\
'''Lestrade:''' [[MemeticMutation Not our division!]]
* In ''Series/{{The Flash|1990}}'' PilotMovie, Barry had to steal two cops' entire in-car supply of doughnuts because of his BigEater requirement for his speed powers.
* ''Series/{{COPS}}'': The subject of a joke and lampshade hanging in one episode when a pair of cruisers investigates a call to a closed (and burglarized) doughnut shop in the middle of the night. The cop that the camera was riding with can't help chuckling and pointing this out to his coworker.
* While Ryan of ''Series/{{Castle}}'' was having a juice fast, Javier was eating a doughnut in front of him. Ryan snapped at him for being cliche and fought him for the doughnut.
* In ''Series/BrooklynNineNine'', the fire department regularly taunts the cops about this.
--> ''While Jake and Charles are investigating a fire:''
--> '''Fire Marshall Boone:''' What are ''you'' doing here? What, did somebody call in a missing donut?
** And then later two more firemen pretend to help Detective Peralta with a case Ö only to present him with a donut stuck in a file. [[CrowningMomentOfFunny Which Scully then requests from him.]]
--> '''Scully:''' Jake, would you like me to file that for you?\\
'''Jake:''' Just ask for the donut.\\
'''Scully:''' Can I have the donut, Jake?
** In another episode, Jake actually finds a box of powdered doughnuts in his apartment and offers them to Amy Ö but then Amy promptly throws them out of her car.
--> '''Amy:''' This is a new car. I won't have you Jake it up with doughnut powder.
** Too bad Amy didn't count on Jake's "pocket doughnut" though.
* ''Series/PorterRidge'': When Terry and Danny Bob fix a cop's car, they take it for a test drive to pick up coffee and donuts. Averted with the actual cop though, who doesn't eat donuts.
* ''Series/FamilyMatters'':
** In one episode, overweight cop Carl Winslow gets caught cheating on his taxes when an audit turns up (among other things) that he used his purchases of doughnuts as deductibles.
--> Carl: I'm a cop. It's a business lunch!
** On another episode, Carl gives directions to avoid a traffic jam caused by a fire, saying a landmark is easy to spot because it's near "a great donut shop" he frequents.
** His mother, Estelle Winslow, once said that "donut" was Carl's first word.
* In the ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' episode "Welcome Back, Carter", at the beginning of Carter's TenMinuteRetirement, he meets Jo in Cafe Diem and jokes "A coffee and donut, you're already eating like a sheriff." She informs him it's a sixteen-grain protein bagel.
* In the ''Series/LukeCage2016'' episode "Just to Get a Rep," Misty Knight's corrupt partner Rafael Scarfe has fallen under investigation from Internal Affairs. He meets with his equally crooked shift lieutenant to discuss the removal of Cottonmouth's seized guns from evidence:
-->'''Lt. Perez:''' I've got Sgt. [=McClane=] from Property on it.
-->'''Rafael Scarfe:''' [=McClane=]? That fat, donut-eating bastard's gonna get us burnt.
-->'''Lt. Perez:''' We'll be fine. He's on payroll. If we go down, he goes down.
* A toy commercial for ''Series/PowerRangersTurbo'' ended with Blue Senturion (a ''robot'' SuperCop) enjoying a donut.

[[folder:Magazine Comics]]
* A cartoon from the ''National Enquirer'' depicts a police academy instructor pointing to a pull-down map.
-->'''Instructor:''' Now, this lesson is very important, so listen carefully. These stars represent all-night donut shops...

* Music/BradPaisley, in his song "Mr. Policeman," taunts the cop chasing him: "There's no way you're keeping up with me / Just go on back to Krispy Kreme."
* Then there's the line from Music/TheBangles' "Walk Like an Egyptian", quoted above. It might be the {{Trope Maker|s}}.
* The "Smoked Pork" skit from Music/BodyCount's self titled album ''[[Music/BodyCountAlbum Body Count]]''.
* House of Pain's "Jump Around" features the line "Feel it, funk it / Amps in the trunk/ And I got more rhymes than there's cops at a Dunkin' Donuts..."
* The music video for "Sabotage" by The Music/BeastieBoys had a scene where the cops stopped for donuts.
* Music/IceCube's song "Say Hi To The Bad Guy" has a particularly dark take on this trope.
* The music video for the song "Stylo" by Music/{{Gorillaz}} features a donut munching cop giving chase to a speeding car driven by the band members. To be fair, the only reason he stops was because Cyborg Noodle was popping shotgun shells into his police car and causing it to crash through a billboard. Said cop gets taken away by the Boogeyman to hell before he could reach for a nearby box of donuts.
* A concert poster for the band Cop Shoot Cop depicts two policemen dueling over the last doughnut.
* Music/BenFolds' song "Rent a Cop" mentions whispering lewd comments about women through his doughnut.
* In the music video for Music/TheSmashingPumpkins' "1979" two cops come into the store while the teens are causing havoc but instead of arresting them just grab a donuts and coffee then just leave.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* [[WordOfGod According to Scott Adams]], one ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' strip he wrote featured Dogbert with a cop who would shoot a victim who was conveniently off-panel. The syndicate didn't like it, saying it was too violent. Adams rewrote the strip so the center panel would be replaced with "BANG BANG BANG" instead of the cop shooting. This didn't work, as it wasn't the act of shooting but the image of the cop holding the gun that was too violent. The published strip featured the cop [[FamilyFriendlyFirearms holding a donut]] and [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments shooting bullets out of that]], giving rise to the term "Dangerous Donuts".
* ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'': [[http://www.gocomics.com/garfield/1997/03/16 Two cops seeing Jon, Garfield and Odie's antics.]]
-->'''Bubba's partner:''' I'd say they've at least broken at least three city ordinances. Right, Bubba?
-->'''Bubba:''' I didn't see nothin'. Let's get a doughnut.

* In ''Pinball/TheGetawayHighSpeed2'', the second ball is locked by having the player pull up to Donut Heaven, where a police car happens to be taking a break.
** There's even a [[EasterEgg secret Mania Mode]] that can be invoked when three cop cars are present.
* ''Pinball/SafeCracker'' lets you collect donuts to distract the guards with.
* In ''Pinball/MustangStern,'' "Police Pursuit" begins with a driver racing past a cop at a donut stand.

[[folder:Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/GabrielIglesias was once pulled over by a cop in a Krispy Kreme parking lot for exiting the wrong way (in his haste to get home and eat up). The policeman asked the obligatory "You know why I pulled you over?" He answered, "Yeah man, 'cause you could smell it!" The cop [[ActuallyPrettyFunny got enough of a kick out of that]] to let him off with a warning.
** Another time he was pulled over by a cop who happened to be a big fan. The excited cop said "Wait 'til I tell everyone I met you! This is even better than the time a buddy of mine [[CallBack pulled over this fat guy who gave him donuts]]!"
* {{Creator/Gallagher}} notes that "Sugar gets you wired up. So does caffeine. So, why do we let cops go to donut stands? They're gonna be like [[CaffeineBulletTime WheredidIputmygun?]] [[MotorMouth WheredidIputit?]]"
* Canadian comedian Andrew Grose once pissed off a Tim Horton's (Canadian coffee and donut chain) enough to get them to threaten to call the police. His response was to get out of there immediately, because "even if they were just bluffing, the police are likely on the way there anyway!"
* Creator/JimGaffigan brings up his own theory as to why cops are commonly believed to love donuts so much.
-->'''Jim''': Of course cops love donuts! It's because cops know right from wrong! Have you ever met somebody who doesn't like donuts? No, you haven't, because they're all in jail.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[http://web.archive.org/web/20070404045719/http://archive.dumpshock.com/CLUE/index.php3 The C.L.U.E. Foundation]] has featured this trope, at least once, killing a particularly stupid ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' player.
* One "sloth" fool in ''TabletopGame/KitsuneOfFoxesAndFools'' is the "Doughboy Cop".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the first ''VideoGame/GabrielKnight'' game, there are a few police officers (such as the Desk Sergeant) who have quite a taste for beignets (New Orleans' equivalent to donuts).
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'': [[VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas SanAndreas]] [[ColonCancer :]]
-->'''Motorcycle Cop''': [[TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodSandwich What a waste of a good donut.]] OK, let's roll!
** Also, the first two Officer Tenpenny missions have you meeting him at a donut shop.
** This goes back. In the first VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto game, there was a mission where you had to kill a group of cops who were all parked outside a donut shop.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoViceCity'' plays a variation using soldiers:
-->'''Sergeant:''' Private! Go get some donuts!
-->'''Private:''' Sir, yes sir! CONVOY HALT!
** Also, the radio dispatcher on the emergency radio asks "Is there an officer near the Rusty Brown's downtown? There must be."
* Also in the ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' expansion ''Blue Shift'' you play as a security guard (not quite a police officer, but close enough). At the beginning of the game (where you can wander around some areas of the complex for a bit before all hell breaks lose) one of the scientist [=NPCs=] might say "Why are you standing around? Shouldn't you be guarding some coffee and doughnuts right about now?"
** Before that, you're required to go to the gun range to pick up your side-arm. In the range are two fellow security guards: one using the range for its intended purpose and one who's simply there to eat a donut.
* In the final showdown in ''VideoGame/LEGOIsland'', you need to help the cops catch the Brickster. You can launch donuts at them to give them a speed boost.
* Wendy Oldbag in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorney'' is a security guard. When Phoenix and Maya discover her eating donuts this exchange occurs:
-->'''Maya:''' That security lady is in the guard station stuffing her face with donuts! I guess all cops like their donuts!
-->'''Phoenix:''' Yeah, and they're soft enough she doesn't need teeth to chew them...
* Donuts are mine-type weapons in ''VideoGame/OperationInnerSpace'', which don't do damage, but cause those who pick them up to spin out temporarily. They're especially effective against the Enforcers, who will usually go out of their way to catch them. In fact, grabbing a donut that an Enforcer is after is actually a ''crime'' (albeit a minor one).
* When the former ScrappyLevel Faultine of the ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' was [[RescuedFromTheScrappyHeap revamped to great effect]], a donut shop was built with several police cars parked nearby (and a giant pink donut on top). Some gang members like the idea:
-->'''Lost Member:''' It's a donut shop. We can take out half the force in this city with one good blast.
* ''VideoGame/HitmanBloodMoney'' extends this trope to FBI agents. A difficult mission that tasks you to assassinate a man under heavy FBI guard (he's in the witness protection program), and by far the easiest way to accomplish this is to plant a pack of donuts injected with anesthetic (or poison, if you're feeling mean) outside the unmarked FBI surveillance-van, knock on the door, and run away. The FBI-agent pops out, goes "Ooooh, donuts! Score!" and then proceeds to share them with his partner... leaving you with a conveniently closeable surveillance-truck where you can check out the cameras, and safely change into your brand-new FBI-uniform.
** If you don't leave the donuts and knock, the FBI agents will eventually steal them from the catering truck on their own.
** A small lampshade hanging also occurs if you hide at the side of the van, you see a pair of feet below the vans backdoors and hear "Ooooh donuts! Nice... Full disclosure: We're actually FBI".
** ''[[VideoGame/HitmanAbsolution Absolution]]'' plays it straight by having one of the ways the player can make a cop disguise more convincing to the [=NPCs=] is to eat donuts out of a box left laying around. The scene is spoofed by Creator/HarryPartridge in [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfYRfpaBwnc this animation]] where our MasterOfDisguise is not the cop, but one of the donuts!
* In ''VideoGame/{{Tenchu}}'': ''Wrath of Heaven'' (or at least in the XBox port thereof, renamed ''Return from Darkness''), there's an unlockable mission for Rikimaru that involves him going through a portal into the future. Most of the people he's required to kill are cops/security guards, and as they're dying, their last words are, "I see donuts...donuts from ''heaven''."
* In ''{{Postal}} 2'' you could lure cops away by throwing doughnuts at the floor.
** A rather [[NauseaFuel sickening]] variation exists in the same game. Throwing a doughnut on the floor and then [[UrineTrouble peeing on it]] will produce a contaminated doughnut which you can pick back up. These get lumped in with the rest of the doughnuts in your inventory and look no different than normal doughnuts. If contaminated doughnuts have [[IAteWhat a cop happen across them]]... well, VomitIndiscretionShot ensues.
** Also, finding and putting on a cop uniform causes the Postal Dude to say "Someone stole my donuts, and now you're all going to pay!".
* ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'': While never actually seen eating doughnuts, Sam and Max have a box with one, ancient uneaten doughnut in it. Sam comments that there's a microscopic civilization on there. Eventually one of their "Continents" is blown up with a tiny nuclear missile.
* In ''Chaos Overlords'', the super heavily armed police that sweep through city sectors that players have overexploited have a stereotypical donut with pink frosting and sprinkles in their auxiliary equipment slot.
* The SoBadItsGood ''Film/{{Transformers}}'' [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames tie-in game]] shows [[RabidCop Barricade]] scanning his alternate mode from a police cruiser parked outside a donut store. (Of note is that you can also [[ImprovisedWeapon throw the giant donut on the roof at the cops]]. Stuff like that is what makes this [[TheProblemWithLicensedGames tie-in]] SoBadItsGood.)
* The tutorial from VideoGame/SWAT4 is a traditional assault course which ends in a debriefing room... Only, the new team leader (you) has left a box of doughnuts on the table. The general reaction is appreciative, albeit interspered with a few eyerolls and sighs.
* ''VideoGame/BlastCorps'' has a level with a donut shop with a police car parked in front of it.
* In ''VideoGame/MadWorld'', donuts are used to distract the enemies in Area 66, who are essentially sci-fi tinged policemen/security guards. Agent XIII even notes that donuts are the vice of every law enforcement officer.
* One of the recurring character in the FuunSeries is Gordon Bowman, a fat cop. Nearly every last one of his pre-fight conversations in ''Savage Reign'' involve donuts.
* ''VideoGame/{{Carmageddon}} 2'': One of the missions has you deal with a whole team of cop cars, because you blew up their favorite donut shop.
* In one of the ''Franchise/MassEffect'' games, a Turian C-SEC officer (cop) talks about how much he loves donuts. Apparently, this trope is strong enough to exist on both sides of MirrorChemistry. There's a corporate security guard (close enough?) on Noveria with a similar line.
* One of the side missions in ''VideoGame/{{Driver}}: Parallel Lines'' involves outlasting a police pursuit. How do you initiate this? You guessed it. Ram a donut stand.
* ''Steve the Sheriff 2: The Case of the Missing Thing'' has a series of "fun facts" which are revealed by finding the cigar hidden in each location. Fun Fact #19 is that a particular convenience store sells Steve's favorite "cop car snacks:" pies that fit in your pocket and a "copper's dozen" of donuts (which happens to be thirty-six).
* In the Atari arcade game ''APB'', the player gets extra time when they drive through a donut shack. Driving over donuts along hidden pathways will also net bonus time. Destroy a donut shack by plowing into it, and the player receives one demerit.
* In the 2-D game of ''Literature/{{Neuromancer}}'' a cop at "Donut World" tells you that civilians aren't allowed in donut shops.
* In ''VideoGame/BurritoBison Revenge'' all of the "corrupt" cops carry donuts.
* In one of the many conversations you can have with people in ''VideoGame/ScarfaceTheWorldIsYours,'' Tony asks the [[MiamiVice Crockett and Tubbs]] wannabes what sort of donuts they like. They both indignantly react to such accusations, but "Crockett" sheepishly admits to liking powdered donuts.
** One of the missions has Tony wanting to buy a donut shop. The owner agrees to sell, but only if he can get rid of the cops who are always trying to get free donuts and coffee from him. Tony hijacks a police car and leads them on a chase that proves lethal for the cops.
* In ''VideoGame/LEGOCityUndercover: [[{{Prequel}} The Chase Begins]]'', the first tutorial mission has rookie cop Chase [=McCain=] sent out by Chief Dunby to fetch donuts for his fellow officers.
* ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'':
** In the original game, open road tracks disable traffic and cops in multiplayer and tournament modes due to hardware limitations. The manual {{handwave}}s this by stating that the cops are all resting in the donut shop.
** One of the pursuit breakers in ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeedMostWanted'' (2005) is at a donut shop, and running over the supports will have the giant donut fall on any cop cars chasing you.
* ''VideoGame/ShadowrunReturns'' has a scene where you can bribe a [[LawEnforcementInc Lone Star]] officer with a doughnut and [[{{Uncoffee}} soykaf]].
* In ''VideoGame/EmperorRiseOfTheMiddleKingdom'' the flavor text for the Watchtower mentions your watchmen fortifying themselves with hot tea and sweet pastries before going on patrol. The implications are clear.
* The "Police Provisions" case in ''Another Case Solved'' involves locating a particular donut shop for a cop with a sweet tooth.
* In ''VideoGame/StayTooned'', sometimes the door to Apartment 5D will be [[NPCRoadblock guarded by a giant donut]]. To get past him, you'll have to call the police (which he even dares you to do), who come over and eat him.
* In the ''VideoGame/PapaLouieArcade'' series, there is a customer named Hank who is a patrol officer. The creators of the games, Flipline Studios, revived him as a closer in Papa's Donuteria after a run in his debut game, Papa's Pancakeria.
* The police station background art in ''Cate West: The Vanishing Files'' includes a box labeled "DONUTS" sitting on a desk.
* Officer Johnson in ''VideoGame/{{Delicious}} 8: Emily's Wonder Wedding'' orders nothing but donuts when visiting Emily's restaurant.
* ''VideoGame/SWAT4'': At the end of the tutorial level (an assault course), you find a box of donuts in the debriefing room. The team's reactions are generally appreciative, though there is some eye-rolling from the oldest team members.
* ''VideoGame/RoadRash: Jailbreak'': If you win a stage in "Five-O" mode (the game's mode where you play as a cop), one of congratulation messages for you is "Grab extra donut back at the station".
* In ''Videogame/SpyFox 3: Operation Ozone'', Stanley Seagull will give you the tapioca needed to make the [[PlotCoupon Secret Donut XY]] if you give him the donut he wants. However, there is a cop in the donut shop that will eat any donut you order. You have to distract him by opening [[LaughTrack a can of laughter]] outside the shop and tricking him into investigating a laugh riot outside.
* In Chapter One of ''VideoGame/TheWitcher2AssassinsOfKings'' talking to one of the guards outside the [[PrisonShip prison barge,]] will have him say: "I could for a doughnut right now."

* ''Here Is A Question'' had this happen when Reno got arrested for murder and learned she got her potential sentence bumped up from [[http://reno.stage-select.com/HIAQ/Question498.png five years to twenty-five]].
-->'''Reno''': Oh come on, it was a JOKE. And I had NO idea that you hate donuts.
-->'''Cop''': Your stereotypes only AID the machine.
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'':
--> '''CPPD Chief''': I have NEVER seen so many cops standing around doing nothing since that time the Donut Chariot was an hour late!
* In ''WebComic/{{Precocious}}'', when the Sapphire kids start a coffee shop Bud starts freaking out when he sees a bunch of cops out in front.
--> ''Cop with bullhorn: "[[http://www.precociouscomic.com/archive/comic/2014/10/26 I swear we're not investigating anything this time! No cop can resist a place with good coffee and highly-praised danishes!]]"''
* One strip of ''PvP'' has Brent bringing in a police officer as an "expert witness" on whether or not a Bismarck counts as a donut.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'', Sam uses donuts to bribe (or at least pacify) [[http://freefall.purrsia.com/ff1600/fc01555.htm gate guards]] and everybody else.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Housepets}}'' with fitness-obsessed police dog Kevin, who starts eating donuts after the vet orders him to [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2012/08/17/a-winner-is-you/ build up some body fat]]. Though later he takes Sasha [[http://www.housepetscomic.com/2013/03/13/crush-ing-blow/ on a date]] to the donut shop.
* The investigators on [=O2VEGA=] also prefer donuts, as seen on Webcomic/SchlockMercenary [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2004-05-13 here]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' episode "Rick Potion #9", several donuts can be seen on the ground next to the dead policeman when Jerry grabs his rifle.
* Chief Wiggum in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''. But, then again, Donuts are popular with other characters as well. Still, he's the only one who threatened someone with violence because of some donuts that fell on the sewer.
** In one of the ''Treehouse of Horror'' episodes, Homer - due to an encounter with TheDevil - has his head turned into a four-foot-wide donut. As a result,the Springfield Police Department lays siege to his house, cups of coffee in hand, waiting for him to emerge.
** Wiggum is also known to eat a stack of donuts off his gun, [[IJustShotMarvinInTheFace often without the safety on]].
** When Homer wants to find a fancy [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS24E7TheDayTheEarthStoodCool donut cart]] all he does is call 911 and the police promptly call out a massive search complete with helicopters. Once they find it and the donuts are already sold out Wiggum ''pulls out his gun'' and threatens the owner.
** In the episode where Marge becomes a cop, she's seen having coffee and a donut for breakfast while her family eats more regular breakfast fare.
** In the ''Springfield's Most Wanted'' special, every desk in the background has a box of donuts.
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'' - Roger wonders if there's a donut shop nearby when a bunch of cops appear. The currently drunk Stan doesn't get it.
-->'''Roger''': Cops already? What, are we next door to a freakin' Krispy Kreme?
-->'''Stan''': You're thinking about donuts now?
-->'''Roger''': No, I'm just saying the cops got here fast.
-->'''Stan''': What the hell do fast cops have to do with a Krispy Kreme?
-->'''Roger''': Because cops love donuts!
-->'''Stan''': You're not making any sense!
* Happened in ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls''.
** The episode "Cop Out" has Mike Brickowski, a fat and lazy cop sitting in his patrol car eating donuts and bragging about what a great cop he is while his partner is across the street foiling a bank robbery. On the way back to the station, he got donuts from practically every donut shop he found, including one that also sells chinese food. And he's still eating donuts back at the station when DaChief gives him the TurnInYourBadge speech. The cop then hands over his gun, which DaChief tells him to keep as a "souvenir"...and asks for his donut instead.
** TheMovie has the cops portrayed in a [[PoliceAreUseless ''bad'']] light. Before the girls came along, crime was rampant, and we see the reason...during every crime, the police were at the DONUT SHOP.
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/{{Sealab 2021}}'': Quinn tries to get a cop to leave a crime scene by throwing a donut away from it, even speaking to him like a dog ("go get, get it!"). The cop then tells he's diabetic, so Quinn just tasers him.
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'':
** Harvey Bullock's love of donuts goes without saying. There's one scene early in the show's run, in "Pretty Poison", where most of the police rush out of headquarters in response to some emergency and he lingers to grab one. [[spoiler: Twice.]]
** Also, "Sins of the Father", Tim Drake's origin story, begins with him stealing a whole box of them from an elderly cop, then using them as improvised weapons against Two-Face's thugs.
* While the main food of the ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' episode "Short Order Crooks" is Cheddarhead Charlie's Cheese Chowder, an early scene has Officers Kirby and Muldoon picking up a box of donuts at the diner. Ma's donuts are highly praised, though Ma suspects they just come there because it's conveniently next door to the station.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog'' Courage once distracted a cop from his evil package by throwing a donut down the subway train. He came back anyway, mouth covered in frosting.
* The "Little Rock of Horrors" MusicalEpisode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' contains a scene of a cop eating a donut.
-->''Creep into the donut stop''
-->''Sneak in, tiptoe past the cop''
-->''Pick me up a cruller and a cupful of tea''
-->''And any other sweetbreads you happen to see''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Gargoyles}}'' has some of the cops use this trope. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BtlwggtdiDk The cops are eating donuts, see the monster, and blame the donut's sugar.]]
* Lucky Piquel of ''WesternAnimation/{{Bonkers}}'' sure loves his pastries.
* In one episode of ''Funky Cops'', Ace gets a new partner, a fresh academy grad, when Dick is incapacitated.
-->'''Ace''': So what do they teach you at the academy these days?
-->'''Dash''': Uh, I, uh... could we get some donuts?
-->'''Ace''': Heeey, that's what they taught me, too.
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/DanVs'', a cop eating a donut watches Dan and Chris chasing a little boy down the street. He continues to eat his donut, then [[DelayedReaction realizes, "Oh yeah, I'm a cop!"]] and goes after them.
* One scene from the [[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Pixar animated short]] ''Tokyo Mater'' involved [[WesternAnimation/{{Cars}} Mater]] luring a Japanese police car into a donut shop while attempting to beat the villain to the top of TokyoTower as part of a drift race. Since the characters are cars, the donuts are of the stunt variety.
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', the sheriff ''[[AnthropomorphicFood is]]'' a donut. [[CarnivoreConfusion He eats other, nonanthropomorphic donuts.]] All the other police officers are some sort of food, including a cup of coffee.
* Subverted on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Birdz}}''. Officer Pigeon buys a box early in the episode, but [[spoiler:after losing his job due to Eddie and Sleepy's interference, he throws them at the bank robbers to stop them and]] admits that he doesn't eat them because "they're bad for you".
* In ''OsmosisJones'', Ozzy tells Drix he has police work to do. The next scene, he orders donuts(?) (one glazed, and one with a jelly-filled nucleus) from a cell that has a donut for a face [[spoiler: before calling the Memory Center and asking about "El Muerte Rojo"]] The white-blood-cell precinct is also right next to the donut shop.
* ''WesternAnimation/OhYeahCartoons''
** The short [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cPhI3MXYMIk "A Cop and his Donut"]] revolved around a cop who's partners with a ''[[AnthropomorphicFood talking donut.]]''
** ''The Dan Danger Show'' referenced this trope and lampshaded how cliche it was in the short "A Date with Danger", where the dinner Dan ordered on his date with a female police officer turned out to be donuts and Dan remarks that he knew cops like donuts because that's what he heard from washed-up comedians.
* A ''WesternAnimation/CowAndChicken'' episode featured the Red Guy as an orthodontic policeman forcing everyone he meets to wear huge braces. One of his victims is a cop who laments being unable to eat donuts because of his braces.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheMightyDucks'', the heroes cop ally, after being knocked out, is able to revive and get the drop on the bad guy... after a donut rolls by his nose.
* A literal version of this was seen on an episode of ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' as a plot device. In that episode, Garfield tries to warn a cop about a bank being robbed. The cop ignores this and goes to a donut shop instead. To make him realize that the bank is being robbed, [[spoiler: Garfield puts the message "Bank Being Robbed" in his donuts. The cop soon notices and goes off to find the robber.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/WhatsWithAndy'': during careers week, a kid is told by the cop he is partnered with to memorize the different kinds of donuts there are, since this is a crucial aspect of becoming a real cop.
* In the "Makin' Bank" episode of ''WesternAnimation/SheZow'', Guy uses a donut truck to slow down his police officer dad and his dad's partner so he can restore his size and his superhero identity.
* The cop in ''WebAnimation/BeeAndPuppycat'' that watches Bee to make sure she doesn't jaywalk [[PoliceAreUseless (while ignoring the kids running in the street)]] eats a doughnut after "warning" her not to.
* In ''WesternAnimation/AtomicPuppet'', the Mega City police station is located ''next door'' to a donut shop. And in one episode, Joey and AP find a group of cops positioned around the donut shop waiting for somebody to come out. but it turns out they were only waiting for a rookie member to come out with the donuts.
* In a ''WesternAnimation/{{Beetlejuice}}'' cartoon, the title character is able [[DeliciousDistraction to distract two Netherworld cops]] by conjuring up a donut stand and yelling "Free donuts!" (Unfortunately, the donuts he has are the type ''he'' likes, dirty and covered with bugs, so it doesn't distract them for long.)
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' has [[CluelessDetective Lu]] [[ThoseTwoBadGuys and Gang]] wolfing down Varri-cakes (a kind of deep-fried snack cake with frosting and a jelly centre) when they're [[PoliceAreUseless supposed to be protecting the President]].

[[folder:Real Life]]
* "Bad Cop, No Donut" adorns many a T-Shirt of anti-authority youth.
** This also exists as a bumper sticker, popular on pickup truck rear windows, where a cop can't not see it.
** They also make ones that say "Police Headquarters" in the orange-and-pink Dunkin' Donuts logo font.
* Protestors sometimes taunt riot police by dangling donuts from the end of (usually improvised) fishing poles.
* A regional joke in Massachusetts revolves around the fact that Dunkin' Donuts (and we mean any Dunkin' Donuts) is the worst place to rob after a gun shop, to the point that, after the Boston Marathon Bombings in 2013 and the citywide manhunt and subsequent lockdown, the Dunkin' Donuts in Boston were among the ''only'' businesses that stayed open in order to accommodate all the law enforcement personnel in the area, since it was seen as a ''vital service''. A Starbucks, on the other hand, is a good target, since cops are mainly from working class backgrounds and hang out at DD, while Starbucks is seen as the place where college kids with lots of money and other snobs go. Ironically, most cops just get coffee these days and avoid the donuts.
* Starbucks, however, is popular with UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}} police, since DD doesn't have the footprint, and Starbucks is a local company. It's also indoors, which is a good thing when it rains 9 months out of 12.
** Amusing subversion in a few of Detroit's nicer suburbs (Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills): the cops all hang at Starbucks, despite the presence of several Dunkin' Donuts and Tim Horton's within the city limits or the next suburb over.
** It's also worth noting that, traditionally, Dunkin' Donuts had a reputation for having just about the awesomest coffee in the universe, even if you weren't buying any donuts. Granted, that may be less true these days since specialty coffee shops have become so popular.
** Helsinki, Finland has a similar joke referring to an ABC gas station which happens to be one of the few such places open 24/7 in the downtown. As a result, it's the go-to place for downtown police officers and also patrol security guards in the area. They provide free coffee for both.
** In urban Britain, lacking widely available doughnut shops[[note]]there's a handful of Krispy Kreme franchises, but that's about it[[/note]], the police generally make do with kebabs or other greasy fried food from late-night takeaways. In ''rural'' Britain they have to make do with a flask of tea and a packet of sandwiches from home because nowhere's open past 11PM.
* A 1994 MIT "hack" had some students secretly place a fake police car on the top of the Great Dome on campus. Inside, a mannequin dressed as a campus cop had a [[http://hacks.mit.edu/Hacks/by_year/1994/cp_car/donuts.html box of donuts]] nearby.
* A T-Shirt guide shows that the best way to avoid a cop is to throw a donut at him.
* There's been at least one real-life case where the attempted robbery of a doughnut shop has been thwarted by a cop who just happened to be there purchasing doughnuts at the time. Which is how this trope got started. Dunkin' Donuts decided that, to keep their employees safe during the Grave-yard shift, they would offer cops free donuts and coffee. For one reason or another, they don't do it anymore, but this example is the reason why the trope got started. While they may not be allowed to offer free coffee and food anymore, places like Dunkin' Donuts and Waffle House continue to be popular with cops on overnight shifts because they generally have reasonably clean bathrooms (necessary after that fifth cup of coffee on a shift) and a nice-sized table that makes it much easier to spread out and work on paperwork there than trying to do the same in a squad car.
* There's also this joke:
--> '''Cop''': Excuse me sir, your eyes are bloodshot. Have you been drinking?
--> '''Driver''': Officer, your eyes are glazed over. Have you been eating donuts?
** Word to the wise, though: Don't actually say this to a cop. [[BerserkButton It won't end well.]] [[TooDumbToLive If you're indeed drunk and/or high...]]
* In Clare, Michigan (a quaint little farm town about a hundred miles north of the state capital), the town bakery, which had been in business since 1896, was in danger of closing. The Clare Police Department - all nine of them - banded together and bought the bakery, and renamed the joint enterprise "Cops & Doughnuts". [[http://www.copsdoughnuts.com/ Link]] They've now opened several more "precinct houses" in Mid-Michigan, and branched out into coffee (which is locally roasted and excellent quality), as well as T-shirts and other merchandise, with such classic sayings as "Don't Glaze Me, Bro" and "Handcuffs and Cream Puffs." The entire enterprise is run as a not-for-profit, which returns the proceeds to all manner of community events and law enforcement charities.
* In the 90s, Atlanta-area radio [=DJs=] Randy and Spiff had a "contest" called "Cop In, Cop Out", wherein they scouted a donut shop, then challenged the caller to guess whether there was a policeman in the store or not. Saying "Cop In" was pretty much a sure thing.
* [[http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m3197/is_7_53/ai_n27946249/ This article]] is a story about a donut delivery truck being hijacked and chased by a minimum of nine officers from four agencies in a half-dozen cruisers. The company donated the stolen donuts to the arresting officers.
* A joke once detailed that when a Cop goes to Hell, he must make a decision: Bullets or Donuts.
* An Alberta city in the early 90s saw an internal police memo leaked to the press where, to avoid people believing this trope by seeing the Tim Horton's parking lot full of police cars, officers were asked to park down the street and walk.
* Infamous doughnut run by Albuquerque police. Using a helicopter, no less.
* A small arcade in Marina Del Rey, CA had a recurring problem with gang fights, so the strip mall's proprietors designated a parking space for police vehicles. Unfortunately, they chose the one directly in front of the adjacent donut shop, making it a local RunningGag for years.
* Subverted in many communities where breakfast tacos are a favorite treat; breakfast tacos also taste delicious with coffee and there are many opportunities to grab a taco anytime, day or night (and they taste as good at 10:00 PM as they do at 10:00 AM), so tacos are the cop's best friend there.
* Tim Horton's, far and away the largest coffee, baked goods and fast food chain in Canada, was founded by the hockey player Tim Horton, but his first investor and franchisee was Ron Joyce, a police constable who frequented Horton's shop on his beat. After Horton's death, Joyce took over the chain and expanded it into the empire it is today.
** Instead of paying for security, Tim Horton's offers free menu items to members of Law Enforcement, encouraging police to frequent timmies.
* When a Krispy Kreme opened up in one NJ town, the mayor joked it was like having a second police station.
* In UsefulNotes/{{Portugal}}, the ''[[http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ItjEtqX_byY/UHiiVwO26mI/AAAAAAAAH5g/79nvJ066rqc/s1600/Bifanas.JPG bifana]]'' (a marinated pork sandwich), normally accompanied with a beer and sometimes with french fries, is the stereotypical policeman's treat.
* In Brazil, during the 80s, policemen were nicknamed "Coxinhas" (A Brazilian chicken croquette), since a ''coxinha'' was one of the few hings their small meal tickets would afford, making the "coxinha" being the donut equivalent to brazilian cops. Today, "Coxinha" is rarely used to refer to cops, becoming a pejorative term to conservatives and right-wingers in general.
* In Mexico, Policemen eating Tacos with a cool soda is the local version of this trope, or sometimes replace the tacos with burgers or burritos. On the other hand, a Mexican policemen eating donuts is considered unusual, as donuts are more expensive in Mexico than in the U.S. and Canada.
** Meanwhile, Filipino cops prefer hanging out at ''panciterias'' (Chinese-style noodle houses).
*** In Sweden, police are stereotyped as obsessed with the local ''gatukök'' (literally "street kitchen", think somewhere between a hot-dog stand and a fast food restaurant), and many of these will have a "police-meal" somewhere, though what that meal actually is varies according to region and the culinary preferences of local law enforcement.
* [[http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/troopers-caught-speeding-doughnut-shop/nbMLm/ This news story]] has a case of a cop going about double the speed limit to get to a local donut shop, which is almost as unintentionally stereotypical as you can get.
* At certain {{Greasy Spoon}}s, the {{Hash House Lingo}} for donuts and coffee is "Cops and Robbers".