A recurring theme in police television dramas is the
compassion shown by police officers toward victims
and others with whom they come into contact.
There’s nothing wrong with a police officer showing
compassion or having empathy with others – just
as long as it’s not overdone.
When it comes to television, it usually is overdone.
In reality, a police officer has to guard against
becoming too intimate with other peoples’
problems. For example, in a police show, a
detective may take a runaway teenager home to
avoiding placing the kid into an overcrowded
juvenile justice system. If you were to do
something similar, you could very well find yourself
under investigation or even indicted for any number
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Past and Present
Of course, the television cops have plenty of
relationship problems of their own that affect their
on duty behavior. When this occurs, other police
officers and supervisors go way out of their way to
accommodate the officer with problems. Again –
there’s reality. It’s not like it use to be. Current
political correctness has made it very difficult to
informally address personal problem issues within
You’re going to work with police officers who think
you need to be accepting of their personal issues
even if those issues negatively affect their work
performance. There’s not a whole lot you’ll be able
to do to change their attitudes. The thing on which
you should concentrate is not becoming one of
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Cops (stylized as COPS) is an American documentary /
reality legal series that follows police officers, constables,
sheriff's deputies, federal agents and state troopers during
patrols and other police activities including prostitution and
narcotics stings. It is one of the longest-running television
programs in the United States and, as of May 2011, the
longest-running show on Fox, following the cancellation of
America's Most Wanted after 23 years.
This is a list of police television programs. Dramas
involving police procedural work, and private detectives,
secret agents, and the justice system have been a
mainstay of broadcast television since the early days of
broadcasting. Shows that are not dramatic programming
are indicated (e.g. reality television, comedy or