What the ImperialStormtrooperMarksmanshipAcademy does for marksmanship, this trope does for police driving. In RealLife, it's largely assumed that most law enforcement personnel are trained professionals in specialised top-quality vehicles when it comes to [[CarChase Car Chases]]. Their movie, television, video game, etc. counterparts, not so much. In fiction, especially if they're chasing the protagonists, they crash into [[FruitCart fruit and/or vegetable carts]], get [[TrainEscape cut off by closing railroad crossings]] and opening draw bridges, drive their vehicles into ditches or off cliffs, and run into any number of other snafus a real police officer (or anyone with a learner's permit) would know to avoid if at all possible.... and needless to say, the film-writers have apparently never even ''heard'' of police helicopters, since there's 'nary a one to be seen.

See also CarChase and the subtrope LemmingCops, which dials up the idiocy to ridiculous levels. Tends to [[DonutMessWithACop hang out at the donut shop]] with BadCopIncompetentCop and PoliceAreUseless.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]

* The leading ladies of ''Manga/YoureUnderArrest'', parodied mercilessly by their CaptainErsatz counterparts in ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic''.


[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In an issue of ''ComicBook/SinCity'', Marv and Dwight lead a squad car right into Old Town where the prostitutes promptly blast the crap out of the car and send the cops scurrying.
* ''Comicbook/{{Bookhunter}}'': We only ever see the library police driving when they're in a legitimate hurry to get somewhere--so every time, they're driving fast enough to go airborn on any incline, and barely maintaining control of the vehicle as they screech through turns
* ''Comicbook/{{Pondus}}'': Pondus and Jocke sit at a pavement café when a car chase passes by. The police car turns around the corner without incident, and the two comment that something is wrong. True to form, the police car drives backwards around the corner, and then turns around the corner ''again'', this time toppling a shack of groceries conveniently placed nearby. Pondus and Jocke comments that ''this'' was more like it


[[folder: Film ]]

* The UrExample, ''The Keystone Cops'' - they are incompetent at everything they do, sometimes what they do is drive.
* ''The Gumball Rally'' and ''Cannonball Run'' feature a collection of the Academy's finest from all across the USA.
* Film/JamesBond encounters many of the academy's fine graduates in the movies where he's in the United States.
* Sheriff Loomis and his men from the 1980s cult classic ''The Wraith'' clearly also received their training at the academy.
* ''Film/TheBluesBrothers'': The cops who pursue Elwood and Jake. The ones who chase them in the sequel are the advanced class, to the point where it breaks the SuspensionOfDisbelief. At least when they confront the pileup at the end of Lower Wacker Drive in the first film, the cops stop.
* Some cops seen chasing the protagonists in the Disney movie ''FreakyFriday'' (the original).
* The ATF agents involved in the opening ChaseScene from the movie ''Black Dog''.
* The TropeMaker and founder of the academy, Sheriff Buford T. Justice of ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit''.
** With the added bonus that the character was named for a RealLife highway patrolman!
*** 'The 'Smokey and the Bandit'' sequels feature some of the Academy's valedictorian graduates-- Summa Cum Laude.
* In ''Film/{{Unstoppable}}'', near the end, several police cars acting as an escort for Ned end up crashing on a tight turn. Mind you, Ned is in a ''pickup truck'' and he made that turn perfectly.
** That's because that maneuver requires ''precision''. Which is something Ned, as ''Lead'' Welder, is quite familiar with.
* ''Film/MadMax'': Max Rockatansky was a police officer prior to the collapse of civilization. He also was apparently valedictorian of the Australian branch of the academy.
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Logorama}}'', police played by Michelin Men show no regard for the [[InnocentBystander M&Ms]] they run over. Or anyone else, for that matter. Anything to stop [[MonsterClown Ronald McDonald]].
* ''Film/ThePresidio'' shows that both the San Francisco Police Department and the United States Army Military Police send their personnel to the Academy for their training.


[[folder: Live Action Television ]]

* Sheriff Rosco P Coltrane of ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'', the academy's chief driving instructor.
* Sheriff Elroy P. Lobo (''BJ and the Bear'', ''The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo'') may have preceded Rosco Coltrane as chief instructor, if his own department is any testament.
** Lampshaded in the TitleSequence of ''The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo'' which not only shows clips of various crashes in the series, but ends with Lobo, who's been doing a one-man PowerWalk between his deputies who are waiting by their squad cars, dramatically ordering them to "Move 'em out!", then {{Face Palm}}ing as they all crash into each other.
* Meldrick Lewis from ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' must have been an honor student.
* From ''Series/TheSentinel'', [[FairCop Jim]] is ''infamous'' for the number of trucks he's wrecked, to the point that it's almost impossible for him to get good insurance. Every CarChase involves gratuitous FruitCart destruction, numerous "orange"-light runs, and [[DrivesLikeCrazy any passengers cowering in their seats]].
--> '''Blair Sandburg''': "Jim, that's a red light. Jim, there are pedestrians in the road! ''Jim, slow down!'' '''''Jim!!'''''"
* Averted by Ponch and Jon on ''Series/{{CHiPs}}'' but turned UpToEleven with the rest of the California Highway Patrol and just about everyone else driving the Southern California freeways.
* Gloriously averted in the ''Series/DueSouth'' episode ''Heaven and Earth''. Two random cops manage to start the car chase by driving ''backwards'' (the suspect took off in the opposite direction while they were parked), executing a hairpin turn before taking off after him forwards. The rest of the chase shows that the Chicago PD had to send their officers to the BadassDriver Academy for training instead.
** Then again, another episode, ''The Blue Line'', shows that they got their winter driving training at the Hollywood academy, with several police cars skidding out on the same patch of ice and [[LemmingCops neatly stacking up against each other.]] [[RuleOfFunny After the chase was over.]]


[[folder: Video Games ]]

* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' series. The Police, Ambulance-drivers, and -- to an even greater degree -- the FBI-agents. The general level of crazy driving varies a lot from game to game.
** ''Grand Theft Auto'' had cops that were rather hard to shake, ''Grand Theft Auto 2'' was similar, though slightly easier.
** ''Grand Theft Auto 3'' - the cops could keep up with you on a straight road if you had an average car.
** ''Grand Theft Auto: Vice City'' - The cops learned from the Hazard County Sheriffs. Then did a lot of blow, apparently!
** ''Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas'' - The police would rather kamikaze you with their cars. ''San Andreas'' has a well-supported [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PIT_maneuver PIT maneuver]] mechanic, so there can be method to their madness.
** ''Grand Theft Auto IV'' - Despite its more serious take on the series, the cops would rather sit at the side of the road and watch you speed by in a crippled minivan. This time the game spawns new cops ahead of you instead of making AI good enough to actually chase you. When they do chase, they almost drive reasonably.
*** If you happen to be standing at the bottom of a cliff, any cops at the top will gleefully drive off to their deaths.
** In ''Chinatown Wars'' for the UsefulNotes/{{DS}}, where the cops were memorably described in ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' as "having brick wall magnets attached to their bumpers."
** ''Grand Theft Auto V'' - The cops are ''far'' more aggressive than they were in ''IV'', although they would rather keep ramming you from behind than try hitting you from the front or side most of the time... until [[DemonicSpiders the NOOSE units]] turn up, that is.
* The cops in ''VideoGame/NeedForSpeed'' games are easily shut down, except when ''[[ItsUpToYou you]]'' play as them.