"Expand definition to be gender-neutral and include professional Private Detectives and Bounty Hunters who have romantic relationships with a Cop Boyfriend, so that not only Amateur Sleuths but any non-government investigator can qualify for having a Cop Boyfriend. Also rename to discourage misuse, with new name to be determined."
Okay. So the bases we need to cover in a name are:
2) Non-government investigator
3) In romantic relationship with member of a police force
1) The non-government investigator often uses the relationship to their advantage in their sleuthing
2) The police officer romantic interest often disapproves of the sleuth's activities
3) These relationships often experience tension for the above reasons
Engaging scattershot brainstorming:
Sleuth Dates A Cop
Useful Cop Love Interest
Sleuth Cop Romance
Friends With Evidence Locker Benefits
Sleuth Cop Working Relationship
Date Them For The Badge
Unresolved Sleuthing Tension
Private Eyes Private Lives
That's all I've got, and I don't think any of them are it. This is a tough one to crack, because there's so much that needs to be gotten across without implying other things. It's impossible to be clever or succinct when you need to get a paragraph's worth of extremely specific information across in a few words, especially when so many of the common terms we might use suggest something that this trope isn't due to its narrowness.
Might I suggest we broaden the trope a little bit more? Friend on the Force
is so simple because it covers a huge range of working relationships, and it doesn't rely on a very specific person as the subject.
EDIT: Aaand the formatting broke all of my line breaks. So that's great.
edited 3rd Jun '14 2:35:15 PM by Shrikesnest
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