Police The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now  

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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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226 78
Spencer Reid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Criminal Minds

2
199 96
Olivia Benson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

3
148 68
Leroy Jethro Gibbs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
bostonstrong15 added NCIS

4
160 81
David Rossi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Criminal Minds

5
172 88
Seeley Booth is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now

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171 79
Penelope Garcia is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Criminal Minds

7
62 38
Fin Tutuola is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
RyanHurst added Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

8
108 91
Patrick Jane is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
shivangi-shukla added The Mentalist

9
63 28
Jennifer
VeryCloseTalking added Criminal Minds

10
132 106
Richard Castle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now

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70 49
Anthony DiNozzo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added NCIS

12
110 101
Detective Jake Peralta is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

13
66 51
Kate Beckett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Castle

14
88 89
Detective Rosa Diaz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

15
56 41
Danny Reagan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Blue Bloods

16
105 103
Detective Jane Rizzoli is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Rizzoli & Isles

17
82 98
Detective Amy Santiago is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

18
34 49
Ellie Bishop is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added NCIS

19
66 96
Detective Danny Williams is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Detective Danny Williams Hawaii Five-0

20
62 95
Detective James Gordon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Detective James Gordon Gotham

21
54 99
Detective Charles Boyle is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Brooklyn Nine-Nine

22
32 50
Steve McGarrett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Jim Marshall added Hawaii Five-0

23
65 85
Detective William LaMontagne J... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now

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53 88
Officer Kono Kalakaua is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now
Ag47 added Officer Kono Kalakaua

25
15 30
Special Agent Dwayne Cassius P... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Policemen and Detectives on TV Right Now