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List Rules Only detective and police officer characters from shows on TV or streaming platforms that are either in season or expected to return.

The detectives currently on TV in 2016-2017 range from hilarious to tragic to downright frightening. Some of the best actors and actresses currently on television series play detectives, and this list compiles the best current TV detectives and police officers, so that you can vote up those you would most want on the case. This not only includes police procedural shows but also network sitcoms like FOX’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine, which stars Andy Samberg as Detective Jake Peralta. Samberg even took home a Golden Globe for his portrayal of the police detective. 


But Jake Peralta is not the only TV detective currently on a show. Policemen on TV include  Detective Quentin Lance from Arrow and Detective Jim Halloran from Showtime's Ray Donovan. Tune in for your chance to meet Detectives Megan Hanley and Lorraine Brock, from NCIS and Scream, respectively, and it’s easy to see why they have jobs in the field.

These men and women are some of the best snoops and law enforcers in the television world, catching fictional bad guys left and right. If only they were real! Let the world know which TV police officers and detectives you think are the best at what they do by casting your votes below!

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Spencer Reid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Detective Spencer Reid Criminal Minds

2
171 82
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Olivia Benson Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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127 52
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
bostonstrong15 added Leroy Jethro Gibbs NCIS

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152 75
Seeley Booth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now

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146 66
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Detective Penelope Garcia Criminal Minds

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132 74
David Rossi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Detective David Rossi Criminal Minds

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113 92
Richard Castle is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now

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44 15
Jennifer
VeryCloseTalking added Jennifer "JJ" Jareau Criminal Minds

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87 75
Patrick Jane is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
shivangi-shukla added Patrick Jane The Mentalist

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43 31
Fin Tutuola is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
RyanHurst added Fin Tutuola Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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50 37
Anthony DiNozzo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Anthony DiNozzo NCIS

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49 37
Kate Beckett is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Kate Beckett Castle

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92 89
Detective Jane Rizzoli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Detective Jane Rizzoli Rizzoli & Isles

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87 90
Detective Jake Peralta is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Detective Jake Peralta Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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37 33
Danny Reagan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Danny Reagan Blue Bloods

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69 79
Detective Rosa Diaz is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Detective Rosa Diaz Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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66 87
Detective Amy Santiago is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Detective Amy Santiago Brooklyn Nine-Nine

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60 82
Detective Danny Williams is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Detective Danny Williams Hawaii Five-0

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56 75
Detective William LaMontagne J... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now

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24 37
Steve McGarrett is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Steve McGarrett Hawaii Five-0

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51 83
Detective James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Detective James Gordon Gotham

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23 36
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Ellie Bishop NCIS

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45 76
Officer Kono Kalakaua is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Ag47 added Officer Kono Kalakaua

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7 17
Special Agent Dwayne Cassius P... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now

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36 74
Officer Andy Mcnally is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Ag47 added Officer Andy Mcnally

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40 88
Detective Charles Boyle is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Detective Charles Boyle Brooklyn Nine-Nine