Something I never understood about cops in movies....

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  1. Castlewood Registered

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    Dress code. Maybe someone can explain this to me.

    Riggs and Murtaugh are cops, right?

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    Then why do they dress like that, and not like this?

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    The same goes for John McClane..

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    Once again... why?

    Now, in real life, do cops actually get away with this dress code? Here are some key questions:

    - What is the difference between an officer, a lieutenant, a sargeant, a detective, a captain, a chief of police, a commissioner.... etc?

    - officer
    - lieutenant
    - sargeant
    - detective
    - captain
    - chief of police
    - commissioner

    ^^ And what is the dress code for each?

    Another example: James Gordon...

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    Or Mills and Somerset...

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    Can anyone please explain???? :huh:
     
  2. enterthemadness The Triumvirate

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    :o because in movies the cops are cooler, in better shape, can act better, and oh yeah, it's a movie...they can wear what they what.
     
  3. DOG LIPS El Señor Presidente

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  4. Castlewood Registered

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    But in BB, Gordon is a sergeant, turned lieutenant, and yet he wears regular clothes.... Is a detective the same thing as a lieutenant/sergeant??
     
  5. DOG LIPS El Señor Presidente

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    Maybe he's a detective sergeant.
     
  6. Majik1387 Registered

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    The cops on the Law and Order series' don't wear uniforms either.:o
     
  7. SolidSnakeMGS Registered

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    When you first see him, he is wearing blues.

    I think you start off as an officer and with certain college certifications, you can become a detective, which may or may not start off at Lieutenant.
     
  8. Matt IKYN Guy Groupie

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    You usually start off as a beat officer. Detectives require a certain ammount of time in the department before they become eligible to take the exam (anywhere from 2 to 6 years usually) and then you can take a test. Detectives dress casually (though there is usually some dress code, business casual perhaps). They can't come in looking like bums as some movies portray (unless they are undercover operatives). But yeah, unless it is a formal occassion, usually only the beat cops wear their uniforms.

    And you mentioned Gordon was a sargeant. There are different ranks of detective. Just because someone is a detective does not mean they have a high rank.
     
  9. SolidSnakeMGS Registered

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    Dirty Harry Callahan was an Inspector. Wonder what that means? You can shoot punks, ramble off with cool one-liners that your friends will repeat ad nauseum, all the while stuffing your face with hot dogs!
     
  10. Mr. Socko Registered

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    Only normal officers are permitted to wear uniforms daily.
     
  11. xwolverine2 Arkham Assassin

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    Columbo was badass thats why
     
  12. Jspider13 it shall be done again.

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    You can't really dispute John McClane's outfits since he wasn't on-duty in any of the movies, except maybe in Live Free, but even then it would have been a major goof to see McClane in a police outfit.

    I believe he was Detective in Live Free, so it wouldn't have mattered anyway.
     
  13. black_dust FrEaK-A-ZoId!!!

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    Because they keep getting into gun fights and getting police uniforms dirty! so they said "Were not paying for anymore uniforms, bring your own clothes to work from now on!"

    True story
     
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    I'm a cop in the KC metro area and I don't wear a uni. Patrol officers and others who interact with the general public frequently wear them. I work for Investigations and the Crime Lab. We don't have to.
     
  15. Hunter Rider Ronin

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    For plain clothes detectives, is a suit optional ?
     
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    Plain clothes! That was the term I was gonna drop, but hunter beat me to it!
     
  17. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    Hell, you can even look at the Rush Hour series....Carter was a detective for the first two and got busted down to a traffic cop, which was the first time you ever see him in a uniform.
     
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    Who in their right mind would want to do that?
     
  19. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    Hey, they can't all be gems. Why do guys that do well in life occasionally get high? :o
     
  20. GL1 It's pronounced "glee"

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    I would love to see a cop movie about a cop who actually wears a uniform... that would be kinda cool...
     
  21. Archangel Emergency & I

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  22. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    ^Callahan = the hottest cop ever.

    Citizens on Patrol when she was in the pool.....:wow:
     
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    Police Academy:o
     
  24. terry78 My name is Stefan, sweet thang

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    That's NOT a comedy.
     
  25. Kahran Ramsus Super Moderator

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    Doesn't the same thing happen in Lethal Weapon 3?
     

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