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* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': DCI Tom Barnaby, with a succession of assistants. At the end of the thirteenth season, Barnaby retired, and was succeeded by a new character, DCI John Barnaby, his cousin.

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* ''Series/MidsomerMurders'': DCI Tom Barnaby, with a succession of assistants. At the end of the thirteenth season, Barnaby retired, and was succeeded by a new character, DCI John Barnaby, his cousin.cousin (played, amusingly enough, by an actor who'd already appeared on the show as a sleazy suspect hitting on Barnaby's wife).


* Series/OktoberfestBeerAndBlood has Inspector Eder investigating the mysterious strangling and beheading of Kurt Prank's rival Ignatz.

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* Series/OktoberfestBeerAndBlood ''Series/Oktoberfest1900'' has Inspector Eder investigating the mysterious strangling and beheading of Kurt Prank's rival Ignatz.

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*Series/OktoberfestBeerAndBlood has Inspector Eder investigating the mysterious strangling and beheading of Kurt Prank's rival Ignatz.

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* Series/DeathInParadise has had no less than four Lead Detectives:
** DI Richard Poole (seasons 1-2)
** DI Humphrey Goodman (seasons 3-6)
** DI Jack Mooney (seasons 6-9)
** DI Neville Parker (season 9-present)

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[[caption-width-right:350:Meet DCI Vera Stanhope and DS Aiden Healy. If you're guilty, you're screwed.]]

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* Literature/HarryBosch is one in most of his appearances. Exceptions are ''Literature/LostLight'' and ''Literature/TheNarrows'', where he is briefly retired from LAPD and working as a private detective, ''Literature/TheCrossing2015'', where he has been forced to retire again and is working as an investigator for [[Literature/TheLincolnLawyer his half brother]], and ''Literature/TheNightFire'' and anything after that, as he is no longer working for SFPD anymore either.

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* Creator/GeorgesSimenon's [[Literature/{{Maigret}} Jules Maigret]] is both a GreatDetective and a lead police detective.

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*''Film/TheBlackHand'' has Joe, a tough Italian cop who wants to personally eradicate the Mafia in America.


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*In ''Film/KillBenLyk'', Detective Scott is put in charge of protecting the safe house. Unknown to the main cast, he is also working for the gangsters.

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* Played with somewhat in ''Series/HillStreetBlues'': Individual episodes usually followed a TwoLinesNoWaiting structure, but whenever there was a multi-episode story arc about a lengthy investigation then one of the cast would be elevated to this trope during scenes involving the A-plot. It was most noticeable when Belker or Goldblum got the gig, but even when partners [[SaltAndPepper La Rue and Washington]] were jointly assigned to the case, one of them would have a slightly bigger role than the other.


* DI Thomas "Tommy" Lynley of ''Series/TheInspectorLynleyMysteries'', who forms an OddCouple [[TheyFightCrime crime-fighting duo]] with his partner DS Barbara Havers. In a break from the formula, however, if she's younger than him, it's not by much[[note]]Creator/SharonSmall is all of five years younger than Creator/NathanielParker[[/note]], and the show [[{{Deuteragonist}} is as much about her as it is about him]].

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* DI Detective Inspector Thomas "Tommy" Lynley of ''Series/TheInspectorLynleyMysteries'', who forms an OddCouple [[TheyFightCrime crime-fighting duo]] with his partner DS Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers. In a break from the formula, however, if she's younger than him, it's not by much[[note]]Creator/SharonSmall is all of five years younger than Creator/NathanielParker[[/note]], and the show [[{{Deuteragonist}} is as much about her as it is about him]].





%%* DI [[TheInspectorLynleyMysteries Thomas "Tommy" Lynley]], naturally, who forms an OddCouple [[TheyFightCrime crime-fighting duo]] with his partner DS Barbara Havers.

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%%* * DI [[TheInspectorLynleyMysteries Thomas "Tommy" Lynley]], naturally, Lynley of ''Series/TheInspectorLynleyMysteries'', who forms an OddCouple [[TheyFightCrime crime-fighting duo]] with his partner DS Barbara Havers.Havers. In a break from the formula, however, if she's younger than him, it's not by much[[note]]Creator/SharonSmall is all of five years younger than Creator/NathanielParker[[/note]], and the show [[{{Deuteragonist}} is as much about her as it is about him]].


%%* [[Film/ThePinkPanther Inspector Jacques Clouseau]] is the most famous comic example of this trope.

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%%* [[Film/ThePinkPanther Inspector Jacques Clouseau]] Clouseau from ''Franchise/ThePinkPanther'' films is the most famous comic example of this trope.



%%* DCI [[InspectorMorse Morse]].
%%* [[ATouchOfFrost DI Jack Frost]]
%%* DCI [[RiversOfLondon Thomas Nightingale]].

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%%* DCI [[InspectorMorse [[Literature/InspectorMorse Morse]].
%%* [[ATouchOfFrost [[Literature/ATouchOfFrost DI Jack Frost]]
%%* DCI [[RiversOfLondon [[Literature/RiversOfLondon Thomas Nightingale]].



%%* Lieutenant Fancy in ''NYPDBlue''.

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%%* Lieutenant Fancy in ''NYPDBlue''.''Series/NYPDBlue''.

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* The Creator/JulesVerne thriller ''Literature/MasterOfTheWorld'' stars John Strock, a police detective traveling around America on the track of a mysterious MadScientist. We also get to meet [[DaChief Strock's boss Mr. Ward]], as well as several subordinate agents who act as [[TheWatson Watsons]].



Contrast with the PrivateDetective and the AmateurSleuth, who also do investigations but are not part of a police force.



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