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 Like many popular British imports, The Capture is a police procedural—in this case, one with counterterrorism overtones. Ani Bundel, Ars Technica, "Stellar deepfake thriller The Capture lands in USA thanks to NBC Peacock," 3 July 2020 Fox recently unveiled a fall schedule heavy on reality and animation, with L.A.’s Finest-—a middling police procedural imported from cable provider Spectrum—filling out its scripted lineup. Judy Berman, Time, "What Will TV Look Like After the Pandemic?," 21 May 2020 Fans of this eccentric series of police procedurals might recognize Assad as the sweet guy who keeps the Copenhagen Police Department supplied with scrumptious snacks and robust Arab coffee. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Rape, Torture, Murder, Beheadings — All in a Day’s Work for Marilyn Stasio," 15 May 2020 Neubauer's background could have prepared her to write police procedurals or the kind of two-fisted thrillers that Whitefish Bay's Nick Petrie writes. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee writer's debut mystery set in 1920s Egypt is a welcome vacation from coronavirus," 8 Apr. 2020 These are police procedurals, and her plots are fabulous as is her descriptions of key relationships. Anne Nickoloff, cleveland, "What to read during coronavirus isolation: Cleveland authors, literary leaders offer book recommendations," 25 Mar. 2020 The cast of Medical Police, the spin-off of that hilarious hospital comedy, is back to poke a little fun at police procedurals. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "The Cast Of Medical Police Is Full Of All Your Favorite Funny People," 10 Jan. 2020 If one of them steals the show, it’s Bellisle; her characters include the cliched victim of a TV police procedural and a woman convinced that her friend’s ex is a murderer. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, "Second City returns to Washington with familiar gifts in ‘She the People’ and ‘Love, Factually’," 13 Dec. 2019 The show is a gritty police procedural; its true genre, however, is the fairy tale. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Olivia Ex Machina," 2 Dec. 2019

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

Time Traveler for police procedural

Time Traveler

The first known use of police procedural was in 1963

See more words from the same year

Statistics for police procedural

Last Updated

15 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Police procedural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/police%20procedural. Accessed 3 Aug. 2020.

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).


Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Bee Cubed

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!