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Posted on Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 2:59 p.m.

Which fictional police officer would you want to see patrolling downtown Ann Arbor?

By Ryan J. Stanton

During a discussion on funding beat cops in downtown Ann Arbor, Downtown Development Authority leaders jokingly suggested this week they'd consider hiring RoboCop.

While fictional robotic law enforcement officers might have been cool in 1987, they probably don't make much sense in modern-day, real-world Ann Arbor.

But just for fun, if you could have your way, which fictional police officer would you want to see patrolling downtown Ann Arbor?

Take the poll below and let us know.

Is your favorite not on the list? Leave your answer in the comment section.

You have 20 seconds to comply.

Ryan J. Stanton covers government and politics for Reach him at or 734-623-2529. You also can follow him on Twitter or subscribe to's email newsletters.



Mon, Jul 8, 2013 : 9:44 p.m.

I heartily agree with jns131. GORT! Klaatu berada nikto!!


Sun, Jul 7, 2013 : 2:35 p.m.

Sheriff J. W. Pepper (from a couple of the Bond movies).

Top Cat

Sun, Jul 7, 2013 : 1:09 p.m.

Sheriff John T. Chance (John Wayne) from Rio Bravo.


Sun, Jul 7, 2013 : 10:55 a.m.

Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau


Sun, Jul 7, 2013 : 1:35 a.m.

What about John Spartan? "John Spartan, you are fined one credit for violation of the verbal morality statute."


Tue, Jul 9, 2013 : 5:15 p.m.

Julius, that was one of my favorite scenes from that movie! I also enjoyed the way John Spartan acquired toilet paper....


Sun, Jul 7, 2013 : 1:33 a.m.

Deputy Travis Junior from Reno 911.

Nicholas Urfe

Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 10:15 p.m.

I wish we could get Deckard to clean those damn replicants off the streets.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 2:48 p.m.

Couldn't think of a single woman to put on that list, Ryan?


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 12:19 p.m.

Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry). Go ahead....Make my day.

Chip Reed

Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 12:17 p.m.



Sun, Jul 7, 2013 : 5:08 p.m.

Yes! Tom Destry.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 8:17 a.m.

Definitely Kiera Cameron (and if you haven't seen the series Continuum, you are in for a treat). Stand aside guys (really - not one woman on your list Ryan?)


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 8:22 a.m.

Whoops, there was ONE woman on the list - missed Larvelle. Kiera still rocks, though.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 3:30 a.m.

Paul Blart -Mall Cop. Downtown on his Segway. Kevin James is the man.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 3:10 a.m.

Batman. Sure, he's not a cop you'll no doubt tell me, but he pretty much does Gotham PD's job for them, doesn't he?

Jaime Magiera

Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 3:07 a.m.

Elmer the Safety Elephant.

Michael Bodary

Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 2:38 a.m.

Dick Tracy? 1-Adam 12? I like Dragnet too.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 2:35 a.m.

The Bunk.

Homeland Conspiracy

Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 2:31 a.m.

Officer Francis Muldoon or Bernard "Barney" Milton Fife


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 1:29 a.m.

Frank Serpico.....oh wait he's not fictional...


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 1:25 a.m.



Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 1:19 a.m.

Sgt. Nicholas Angel from Hot Fuzz.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 1:17 a.m.

I'd also vote for Mike Torello from Crime Story...


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 1:15 a.m.

Lt. Jim Dangle or Deputy Clementine Johnson!


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 12:58 a.m.

Rick Deckard.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 12:19 a.m.

Fictional about just a real one or two....


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 12:13 a.m.

The DDA gets to laugh because most of the fictional cops fans lionize frequently deal with and then put away their corrupted government officials. The heroic characters have to remain fictional here or there would not be any more laughing DDA.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 12:07 a.m.

Lieutenant Frank Drebin.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 3:08 a.m.

Voted up.

Ryan J. Stanton

Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 1:55 a.m.

Good call.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 12:52 a.m.



Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 12:04 a.m.

I'm a bit surprised not to see 'Walking Tall's' Buford Pusser mentioned anywhere. Of course, I'm voting for the "original " Pusser, played by Joe Don Baker. Never bothered to see the other one. But alas, we're in Ann Arbor. If we were tasked to vote for a more realistic representational cast, I suppose Hank Mann and Ford Sterling would've filled the role adequately (Keystone Cops).


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 11:51 p.m.

McCloud so we can hog-tie all them bandits!


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 11:39 p.m.

My first choice was Harry Callahan, but of the choices listed, I went with Barney Fife. I figured he would fit right in with the government of Ann Arbor.


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 11:52 p.m.

If Deputy Fife were here he'd be the one guarding the "Radius" artwork in the Justice Center from us mere taxpayers. Making us give up belt buckles and cell phones to behold the fruits of our "percent for art" program.


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 11:23 p.m.

Lt. Farraday from the 50's TV series Boston Blackie.


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 11:14 p.m.

Officer Krumke!


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 11:02 p.m.

Kojak...or Dano.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 7:15 p.m.

Book em Dano......


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 4:28 a.m.

Nice! Kojak was the man. I nominate the detectives of Barney Miller's 12 Precinct for backup.


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 10:52 p.m.

This just goes to show why no one will purchase the Ann Arbor News and we have to read a glorified blog...really.... Not only did I stop purchasing the "newspaper" I will stop looking at this nonsense. Too bad we do not a good news resource.


Sun, Jul 7, 2013 : 5:05 p.m.

(Putting an index finger in each ear and blowing a nice wet raspberry) Oh, lighten up you'll enjoy life more!

Top Cat

Sun, Jul 7, 2013 : 1:11 p.m.

Stuff like this makes a lot of people smile. So go read about Syria if you crave something grim.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 4:27 p.m.

It's creative, lighthearted, and beats an article about the newest Subway or McDonalds (no offense to those restaurants). There's not much going on in the summer. At least next week will no put bring some news about the interviews for the new AAPS superintendent.

Boo Radley

Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 11:10 a.m.

This is the best thing about an online news source ... things can be added to lighten the mood and have a little fun. Something there is not usually space for in a printed newspaper, and it wouldn't have the interactive commenting that makes it worthwhile anyway.

Little Patience

Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 2:35 a.m.

Someone is cranky tonight...

Paula Gardner

Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 2:31 a.m.

The rest of us are having fun for a minute.


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 11:39 p.m.

So why are you reading this article or posting on it?


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 10:52 p.m.

I would vote for the fabled beat and bicycle patrol officers of years gone by. Apparently a fantasy by today's standards..


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 7:14 p.m.

So the officer rings the bell and says to the criminal get in the basket.


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 10:41 p.m.

"Good cop and bad cop left for the day. I'm a different kind of cop." Vic Mackey - The Shield


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 10:03 p.m.

Tough Chicago cop Jimmy Malone in The Untouchables, played by Sean Connery.

Basic Bob

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 9:24 p.m.

Sergeant Stadanko

Boo Radley

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 9:19 p.m.

Angie Dickinson (Sgt. Pepper Anderson)!


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 9:19 p.m.

I can't believe you left out Marshall Sam McCloud. And what about Commissioner Stuart McMillan and Sgt. Enright, or Steve McGarrett? Come on now. Those Law & Order rookies don't even belong in the same conversation as McCloud and Five-O.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 7:13 p.m.

Forgetting the same time frame. What about McMillan and Wife?


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 9:46 p.m.

Of course, Pete and Link and Julie were the all-time best, even if they were just undercover agents. We also can't forget Pepper Anderson.

Ryan J. Stanton

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 9:06 p.m.

I can't believe nobody's complaining that I left off Detective John Kimble. That was a huge lapse of judgment on my part.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 6:24 p.m.

How about Vic Mackey? Olivia Benson? Odafin Tutuola?

Dog Guy

Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 12:12 a.m.

I loved it when Kimble called for backup at Astoria Elementary School and Rich Kinsey responded.


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 8:48 p.m.

Sorry but I go way back to Day The Earth Stood Still. Go get em Gort.


Sun, Jul 7, 2013 : 5:10 p.m.

and for goodness sake don't be sorry you've got nothing to be sorry for! Gort would clean up the streets!


Sun, Jul 7, 2013 : 5:02 p.m.

jns131, TOTALLY agree!!! Don't mess with Gort or he'll melt your car/tank/howitzer/whatever!


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 8:47 p.m.

"modern-day, real-world Ann Arbor"???????????? What world are you living in? If some residents and council people have their way cops will have to get a hall pass and a 2/3 vote of the people just to leave the station and use a radar gun, let alone a video camera.


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 8:46 p.m.

How about Cagney & Lacy? Or Zeva David (well, maybe not the Feds). The list is too male-oriented.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 12:50 a.m.

ZEVA is the best!!! How about Cagney and Lacy? No one has even mentioned the Mod Squad..impressive restraint!

Hugh Giariola

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 8:32 p.m.

Jimmy McNulty from The Wire!


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 3:33 p.m.

Bunk is on the list, but I would prefer Lester Freeman to McNulty.


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 8:25 p.m.

How about Will's partner from Will and Grace?

Linda Peck

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 8:20 p.m.

With all of the important police issues we have here in Ann Arbor, you come up with this poll? If the DDA has the inclination that this is some kind of a joke, having beat cops downtown, they don't deserve the responsibility of serving our community.


Sun, Jul 7, 2013 : 5 p.m.

Jeez Linda, isn't life sooooo much better with un-knotted shorts? trust me on this, I wasted a lot of of time walking around wearing knotted shorts until I decided not to live that way. Whew. Life is good now!

Linda Peck

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 11:09 p.m.

You guys are right, I would vote myself down on this one. I must have had my shorts in a knot.


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 9:58 p.m.

Relax! This is one of the better polls we've seen!

Ryan J. Stanton

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 9:10 p.m.

Nobody's suggesting police work isn't serious business. Just trying to have a little fun!


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 7:47 p.m.

Deputy Dawg, Dag Nabit!

Dog Guy

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 7:29 p.m.

Now that Marshal Matt Dillon is retired from Dodge City, he might like to do some double-dipping in Ann Arbor.


Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 6:11 p.m.

Homeland - Should have been the Timex spokesperson then.

Homeland Conspiracy

Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 2:27 a.m.

Marshal Dillon was shot 56 times


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 7:23 p.m.

Or Judge Dredd? I'd vote for Harry Callahan to deal with the paint sprayers...


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 11:34 p.m.

You save money, as he's both judge, jury, *and* executioner.


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 7:54 p.m.

Judge Dredd for the Paint Sprayers!


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 7:14 p.m.

nor any love for Joe Friday or Bill Gannon.

Homeland Conspiracy

Sat, Jul 6, 2013 : 2:25 a.m.

1 Adam 12 see the man


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 8:50 p.m.

I remember all of them and even Emergency too. How about Hill Street Blues? Another great one. Then send em up to LA Law for some tough justice. Thanks for the memories.

Paula Gardner

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 7:30 p.m.

It is interesting to see how many names of fictional cops that come to mind!


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 7:27 p.m.

Or Ponch from CHiPs or Broadrick Crawford from Highway Patrol or Ironside... Hundreds of good police officers as role models. I think personally I would take Matt Dillon.

Paula Gardner

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 7:19 p.m.

Nor Malloy and Reed.

Craig Lounsbury

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 7:08 p.m.

no love for Harry Callahan?


Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 7:27 p.m.

Groan on Ryan's response.

Ryan J. Stanton

Fri, Jul 5, 2013 : 7:14 p.m.

You just made my day.