Why Cops hate Police shows on Television by Warren Bull
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There are many things television cops do that are so far from reality that the shows should be called science fiction. For example:
Pistols versus automatic weapons
Unfortunately even officers pure in heart armed only with pistols wouldn’t stand much of a chance against automatic weapons. Cops wouldn’t leave safety to rush toward the firing. They wouldn’t take on the shooters alone. And evildoers are not necessarily abysmal shots like they are in police shows. In the North Hollywood shootout in 1997 two heavily armed bank robbers wearing homemade body armor fired about 1,100 rounds while pretty much the entire police department fired about 620 rounds. The armor protected the robbers against handguns and a 12-gauge shotgun. The thieves wounded twelve officers, eight civilians and caused immense property damage before a SWAT team put them out of action.
A detective at a shoot scene wouldn’t say, “I smell cordite.” Invented in 1889, cordite, a type of gunpowder, was replaced by better propellants. It hasn’t been used since World War II and it’s not even manufactured any more.
“Don’t leave town.”
An officer wouldn’t tell a suspect, “Don’t leave town.” A cop can arrest someone or let the person go. Unless the officer takes that person into custody, the suspect can go wherever he or she wants.
Investigating officers in the lab
Lab personnel do not carry guns and arrest people. Sworn officers don’t do forensic testing.
The CSI Effect
With the popularity of the shows, members of the television audience serving on juries expect the technical razzle-dazzle and gee-whiz gadgets that don’t exist. Forensic experts now get called to testify to explain why no fingerprints were taken when none were found and why there was no DNA analysis completed in crime scenes lacking genetic residue.
Worst of All
Police shows never deal with the real bane of a cop’s existence — paperwork.