police procedural

noun
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 Beyond going through the galleys of the book, John and I have watched every possible police procedural in every language on earth. Marshall Heyman, Town & Country, 25 May 2021 Still, that Line of Duty‘s villains are nearly all cops is a huge divergence from how the police are normally depicted on TV, dating back to when Dragnet popularized the police procedural genre in the 1950s. Adam Epstein, Quartz, 3 May 2021 So, the settings in this personal-twist police procedural ring true, including descriptions of sub-freezing weather, food (moose meatballs, wild boar cutlets), bleak geography and the storytelling’s demeanor. Don Oldenburg, USA TODAY, 10 Dec. 2020 Kenya’s first Showmax original series is a police procedural and legal drama inspired by real-life crime stories, reviving debate and discussion around controversies that might have otherwise faded from the news. Carlos Mureithi, Quartz, 24 Mar. 2021 Critics and showrunners alike say that the police procedural, the most American genre, is in crisis. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, 8 Mar. 2021 Cinema has the aesthetic advantage to transcend that formula, which Dupieux does in a conceit that combines the police procedural with bureaucratic protocol and the domestic sitcom. Armond White, National Review, 5 Mar. 2021 This British police procedural anthology series was created by George Kay and Jim Field Smith and stars David Tennant and Kit Harington. Dana Feldman, Forbes, 2 Mar. 2021 There are a few different flavors — the straight-up police procedural, the more cable-y court thriller, the legal drama. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 24 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of police procedural

1963, in the meaning defined above

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29 May 2021

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“Police procedural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20procedural. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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