police procedural

plural police procedurals

Definition of police procedural 

: a mystery story written from the point of view of the police investigating the crime

Examples of police procedural in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

Seeking to bridge two familiar forms — the police procedural and the gang-redemption memoir — Green tracks cops and killers by turns as events draw them together. Jill Leovy, New York Times, "The Killers of the ‘Sex Money Murder’ Gang and the Cops Who Went After Them," 1 June 2018 Mindhunter is implicitly a show about crime shows, one that trains its eye on everything police procedurals take for granted—the concept of criminal profiling, above all, and the ability to crack a case by trying to reconstruct the mind of a killer. K. Austin Collins, HWD, "Before Jonathan Groff Could Nail Mindhunter, He Had to Stop Smiling," 14 June 2018 Justin Chatwin stars as rookie detective Michael Connelly — a name that in a better film would be a respectful homage to one of our greatest police procedural novelists. Noel Murray, latimes.com, "Crime drama 'The Assassin's Code' is strictly by the book," 9 May 2018 No one’s quite sure), settle into his recliner and fall asleep to the soothing sounds of a military-police procedural. Gary Gramling, SI.com, "It’s Time to Abolish the Rookie Wage Scale, Why the Ravens Desperately Needed Lamar Jackson, and Saquon Barkley is Not Solely a Running Back," 29 Apr. 2018 This police procedural, based on Michael Connelly’s books, strides into its fourth season, with a fifth one confirmed. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Lost in Space’ and ‘Chef’s Table’," 13 Apr. 2018 His plays are not police procedurals or who-dunnits. Michael Heaton, cleveland.com, "Academy Awards 2018 "Three Billboards" should win Best Picture," 4 Mar. 2018 And people in both parties seem to like watching the police procedural that is NCIS and the real estate voyeurism of House Hunters. NBC News, ""Roseanne" TV reboot reveals latest divides in Red/Blue America," 8 Apr. 2018 Set in Berlin during the Weimar Republic, the series mixes the police procedural, the gangland noir, the spy caper and the political thriller with unusual dexterity. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "Did You Love ‘Babylon Berlin’? Here’s What to Watch Next," 8 Mar. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'police procedural.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of police procedural

1963, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about police procedural

Share police procedural

Statistics for police procedural

Last Updated

21 Aug 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for police procedural

The first known use of police procedural was in 1963

See more words from the same year

Comments on police procedural

What made you want to look up police procedural? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


to deposit or conceal in a hiding place

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Food Quiz

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!