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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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James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Lt. Vincent Hanna is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

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Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Virgil Tibbs Heat of the Night

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Lennie Briscoe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Lennie Briscoe Law & Order

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

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Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Lt. Frank Drebin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Lt. Frank Drebin The Naked Gun

The Best Cowboy Cop Movies, Ranked

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

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RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
RoboCop RoboCop, RoboCop 2, RoboCop

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

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John Munch is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Chief Wiggum is listed (or ranked) 19 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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Alonzo Harris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Alonzo Harris Training Day

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Detective James Carter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

The Best Off-Road SUVs and Off-Roading Vehicles

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Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 22 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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David Mills is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
David Mills Seven

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Vic Mackey is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Vic Mackey The Shield

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Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle The French Connection

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Detective John Kimble is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Detective John Kimble Kindergarten Cop

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Blade Runner Rick Deckard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Blade Runner Rick Deckard

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Frank Columbo is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Tom Stephens added Frank Columbo

The Funniest Comedy Movies About Cops

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Martin Brody is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Martin Brody Jaws, Jaws 2

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PC Danny Butterman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked

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Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Schmidt 21 Jump Street

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Gil Grissom is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Gil Grissom CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

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Jimmy McNulty is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jimmy McNulty The Wire

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Andy Sipowicz is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Andy Sipowicz NYPD Blue

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Detective Allen Gamble is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Detective Allen Gamble The Other Guys

50+ Amazing Behind the Scenes Photos from Iconic TV Shows

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Jenko is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jenko 21 Jump Street

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Kate Beckett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Kate Beckett Castle

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Jim Malone is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Jan Kulas added Jim Malone The Untouchables

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Rick Grimes is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Rick Grimes The Walking Dead

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

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Joe Swanson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Joe Swanson Family Guy, Family Guy Universe

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Danny Reagan is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
EfraGarcia59 added Danny Reagan Blue Bloods

The Coolest Fictional Objects You Most Want to Own

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Cadet Carey Mahoney is listed (or ranked) 43 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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Officer Slater is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
Officer Slater Superbad

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Kojak is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Kojak Kojak: The Price of Justice

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Sonny Crockett is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Sonny Crockett Miami Vice, Miami Vice

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Jim Rockford is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Jim Rockford The Rockford Files

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Frank Cannon is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Frank Cannon

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Barney Miller is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added Barney Miller Barney Miller

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David Starsky is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Fictional Cops & Law Enforcement Officers of All Time, Ranked
slaft added David Starsky Starsky & Hutch, Starsky & Hutch