It’s no secret that there has been a lot of tension recently regarding the role of police officers in society. It seems like every week there is a new accusation of misconduct. We’re not going to weigh in on the matter, because everybody and their grandmother has an opinion. All we will say is that we’d like to recognize the members of the police force that do a stellar job protecting and serving the public… even if some of those officers are only found on-screen.
There has been bunch of great on-screen police officers over the years. From the rookies in Police Academy that are slow learners, to cool cops like Don Johnson on Miami Vice to renegades like Dirty Harry. This piece is dedicated to honoring our favorite TV and movie police officers. These characters reflect public perceptions of police officers in many different forms. Some are funny and some are serious. Some are loudmouthed while others are reserved. Some are still on the force whereas others are from yesteryear. But they’re all memorable in one way, shape or form. The officers that made this list reinforce in varying ways why law enforcement is so important in a community. In its best form, it helps to keep people safe, builds trust and can even break down barriers.
So let’s hear it for the boys (and girls) in blue. They have a tough job to do. And if you feel so inclined, please share this piece with your friends. We could all use a little positive news and escapism right now.
15 Sergeants Martin Riggs and Roger Murtaugh
14 Chief Clancey Wiggum
13 Officer Stacy Sheridan
12 Sergeant Joe Friday
11 Paul Blart: Mall Cop
10 Detective Lennie Briscoe
9 Lieutenant Olivia Benson
8 Officer Tom Hanson
7 Officer Frank Drebin
6 Sergeant Andy Sipowicz
5 Detective Axel Foley
4 Lieutenant Carl Winslow
3 Deputy Sheriff Wyatt Earp
2 Detective David Mills
1 Detective Lieutenant John McClane
Yippee-ki-yay! Officer John McClane is the cop that tops this list – and for good reason. He’s a no-nonsense NYPD officer that risks life and limb again and again to save the day. McClane might say a lot of curse words, but he never says “die.” Bruce Willis has portrayed this reluctant hero in a total of five Die Hard movies. While we still think that the first one is by far the best, we will watch him in any movie because it’s so much fun to root for the good guy – and to know that good will always conquer evil -- at least on the silver screen. McClane doesn’t discriminate, as he will take on any terrorist. He’s fought Germans, Russians and a computer hacker. This guy has walked on broken glass, jumped out of tall buildings, and has been knocked off of a plane. No one wants to see him retire, but he has certainly earned his pension.
Sources: Variety, Wikipedia, IMDB
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