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List Rules Vote for who you think are the best fictional cops ever imagined.

Criminals should beware of these great fictional cops, as they almost always get the perp in the end. From movies, TV shows, and more, these are the best fictional cops to have ever worn a badge. No matter what media they first appeared in however, they have proven themselves to be excellent at fighting crime. But when it comes to greatness, which one of these make-believe cops stands at the top? To find out, fans of law enforcement have voted on their favorites.

Some of these fictional cops are normal people from historical dramas while others are futuristic crime-fighting robots from another planet. So to compare them, you’re simply going to have to do it the way old gumshoes solved crimes… gut feeling. Still not sure? Then think of the fictional cops you’d most want help from or to be patrolling your neighborhood.

Some popular choices include science fiction movie icons such as Robocop and small-town deputies like Barney Fife from The Andy Griffith Show. While they’re not on equaling footing physically, you’re more likely to ask Deputy Fife for help against some hooligans. If you don’t see your favorite fictional police officer below, then add him or her so that others may vote on them. Otherwise, vote up who you think are the best fictional cops across any media.

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Harry Callahan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Harry Callahan Dirty Harry Franchise

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John McClane is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
John McClane Die Hard

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Martin Riggs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Martin Riggs Lethal Weapon Franchise

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Roger Murtaugh is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Roger Murtaugh Lethal Weapon Franchise

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Axel Foley is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Axel Foley Beverly Hills Cop Franchise

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Detective Lt. William Somerset is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

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Nicholas Angel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Nicholas Angel Hot Fuzz

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Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Virgil Tibbs Heat of the Night

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James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
James Gordon Batman: The Animated Series, Batman, Gotham

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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
RoboCop RoboCop, RoboCop 2, RoboCop

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Chief Wiggum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Chief Wiggum The Simpsons, The Simpsons Movie, The Simpsons

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Frank Serpico is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Frank Serpico Serpico

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Lt. Vincent Hanna is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

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Blade Runner Rick Deckard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Blade Runner Rick Deckard

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Lt. Frank Drebin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Lt. Frank Drebin The Naked Gun

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Chief Inspector Lee is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

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Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Lennie Briscoe Law & Order

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Alonzo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Alonzo Training Day

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Vic Mackey is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Vic Mackey The Shield

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David Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
David Mills Seven

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John Munch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
John Munch Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Homicide: Life on the Street, Homicide: The Movie

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Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle The French Connection

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Lt. Frank Bullitt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Lt. Frank Bullitt

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Detective James Carter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

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Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Detective John Kimble Kindergarten Cop

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Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jeff Jake Jacobs added Leroy Jethro Gibbs NCIS, NCIS

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Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jimmy McNulty The Wire

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Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Schmidt 21 Jump Street

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PC Danny Butterman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

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Martin Brody is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Martin Brody Jaws, Jaws 2

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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
LauraCannon added Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Robert Goren is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

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Detective Allen Gamble is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Detective Allen Gamble The Other Guys

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Jenko is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jenko 21 Jump Street

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Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Rick Grimes The Walking Dead

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Jimmy

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Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Gil Grissom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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Frank Pembleton is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Frank Pembleton Homicide: Life on the Street

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Frank Furillo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Frank Furillo Hill Street Blues

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Officer Slater is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Officer Slater Superbad

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Cadet Carey Mahoney is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Cadet Carey Mahoney Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment, Police Academy, Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol

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Jesus Mendez 'Pacino' is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Jesus Mendez 'Pacino' The Department of Time - Son and grandson of cops, Pacino is a policeman from the 1980's recruited into the Department of Time after arriving in the present chasing a serial killer. He was given his nickname after the man he ...

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Andy Sipowicz is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Andy Sipowicz NYPD Blue

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Kate Beckett is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Kate Beckett Castle

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Kader Cherif is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Kader Cherif Cherif

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Miguel Montenegro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Miguel Montenegro El Caso

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Danny Reagan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Danny Reagan Blue Bloods

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Adeline Briard is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Adeline Briard Cherif

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Don Eppes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Don Eppes Numbers

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Gerardo Castilla is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Gerardo Castilla El Comisario