American police detectives

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  1. Dennis Farina

    Dennis Farina


    Dennis Farina (February 29, 1944 – July 22, 2013) was an American actor of film and television and former Chicago police officer. He was a character actor, often typecast as a mobster or police officer. His most known film roles are those of mobster Jimmy Serrano in the comedy Midnight Run and Ray "Bones" Barboni in Get Shorty. He starred on television as Lieutenant Mike Torello on Crime Story and as NYPD Detective Joe Fontana on Law & Order. He also hosted and narrated a revived version of Unsolved Mysteries. His last major television role was in HBO's Luck, which premiered on January 29, 2012.

  2. Mark Fuhrman

    Mark Fuhrman


    Mark Fuhrman (born February 5, 1952) is a former detective of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). He is primarily known for his part in the investigation of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Lyle Goldman and his subsequent felony conviction for perjury. He has written true crime books and hosted talk radio.

  3. Ed Burns

    Ed Burns


    Ed Burns is a producer, screenwriter, and novelist. He has worked closely with writing partner David Simon. They have collaborated on The Corner and The Wire (HBO). Burns is a former Baltimore police detective for the Homicide and Narcotics divisions, and a public school teacher. He often draws upon these experiences for his writing.

  4. Gilbert R. Hill

    Gilbert R. Hill


    Gilbert R. "Gil" Hill (born November 5, 1931) is a former President of the Detroit City Council. He was also a Detroit police officer and part-time actor, gaining recognition in the Beverly Hills Cop movie franchise.

  5. Gary D'Addario

    Gary D'Addario


    Gary D'Addario is a retired police commander, television technical advisor and actor from Baltimore, Maryland.

  6. Tom Horn

    Tom Horn


    Thomas "Tom" Horn, Jr. (November 21, 1860 – November 20, 1903) was an American Old West scout, who carried out varied roles as hired gunman, Pinkerton, range detective, cowboy, and soldier. Believed to have committed 17 murders as a hired gunman in the West, in 1902 Horn was convicted of the murder of 14-year-old Willie Nickell near Iron Mountain, Wyoming. The boy was the son of sheep rancher Kels Nickell, who had been involved in a range feud with neighbor and cattle rancher Jim Miller. On the day before his 43rd birthday, Horn was executed by hanging in Cheyenne, Wyoming.

  7. Mike Brooks (journalist)

    Mike Brooks (journalist)


    Mike Brooks is a television news correspondent for CNN, currently based in Atlanta, Georgia. He appears regularly on HLN's Nancy Grace's show, and Prime News and gave significant coverage of the Anna Nicole Smith paternity controversy, as well as the Virginia Tech massacre. Currently, Brooks can be seen on Tru TV's In Session (formerly Court TV), where he provides commentary as their law-enforcement analyst. He is 6'5" tall.

  8. Jay Landsman

    Jay Landsman


    Jay Landsman is a retired homicide detective and actor. He was featured in David Simon's book about the Baltimore homicide unit Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. According to the book, Landsman was the last of his family line on the Baltimore Police Department. His brother Jerry was a detective in the agency who left in the 1980s and their father was the department's first Jewish district commander.

  9. Jon Burge

    Jon Burge


    Jon Graham Burge (born December 20, 1947) is a convicted felon and former Chicago Police Department detective and commander who gained notoriety for torturing more than 200 criminal suspects between 1972 and 1991 in order to force confessions. A decorated United States Army veteran, Burge served tours in South Korea and Vietnam and continued as an enlisted United States Army Reserve soldier where he served in the military police. He then returned to the South Side of Chicago and began his career as a police officer. Allegations were made about the methods of Burge and those under his command. Eventually, hundreds of similar reports resulted in a decision by Illinois Governor George Ryan to declare a moratorium on death penalty executions in Illinois in 2000 and to clear the state's death row in 2003.

  10. Alfonzo Giordano

    Alfonzo Giordano


    Alfonzo Giordano (born c. 1937) was a senior ranking officer in the Philadelphia Police Department (PPD), having achieved the rank of Inspector before his retirement in 1982. He was convicted of bribery charges in 1986.

  11. Lester Wire

    Lester Wire


    Lester Farnsworth Wire (September 3, 1887–April 14, 1958) is credited with the invention of the electric traffic light in 1912 in Salt Lake City. Wire worked as a detective for the Salt Lake City police force. The original traffic light, based on a semaphore system, had been invented in London in 1868 by John Peake Knight but had not been a success.

  12. Jeff Schare

    Jeff Schare


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  13. Dave Toschi

    Dave Toschi


    David Ramon "Dave" Toschi (born July 11, 1931) is a former inspector in the San Francisco Police Department, where he served from 1952 to 1983. He is best known for his role as a chief investigator in the Zodiac Killer case, which he began work on after the murder of taxi driver Paul Stine.

  14. Charles Becker

    Charles Becker


    Charles Becker (July 26, 1870 – July 30, 1915) was a Lieutenant in the New York City Police Department between the 1890s and 1910s. He is best known for being tried, convicted and executed for the murder of a Manhattan gambler, Herman Rosenthal. After the Becker-Rosenthal trial, Charles Becker became the first American police officer to receive the death penalty for murder. The scandal that surrounded his arrest, conviction, and execution was one of the most important in Progressive Era New York City.

  15. Donald Worden

    Donald Worden


    Donald "Don" Worden is a retired Baltimore Police Department detective who was featured in David Simon's non-fiction book about the homicide unit, Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets (1991) and provided the inspiration for the Homicide: Life on the Street television series character Stanley Bolander, played by Ned Beatty.

  16. Chang Apana

    Chang Apana


    Chang Apana (December 26, 1871 – December 8, 1933; traditional Chinese: 鄭阿平; simplified Chinese: 郑阿平; pinyin: Zhèng Āpíng; Jyutping: Zen6 Aa3ping4) was a Chinese-Hawaiian member of the Honolulu Police Department, first as an officer, then as a detective. He was acknowledged by Earl Derr Biggers as the inspiration for his fictional Asian detective character, Charlie Chan.

  17. Jack Manion

    Jack Manion


    Inspector John J. (Jack) Manion, (1877–March 1959), San Francisco Police Department, was a veteran officer assigned by Chief Dan O'Brien in 1921 to head up the notorious 16-member Chinatown Squad which had been established in 1875.

  18. Thomas F. Byrnes

    Thomas F. Byrnes


    Thomas F. Byrnes (1842–1910) was an Irish-born American police officer, who served as head of the New York City Police Department detective department from 1880 until 1895, and gained national attention for his exploits.

  19. William Caunitz

    William Caunitz


    William J. Caunitz (1933–1996) was a New York City Police Department officer who used his own experiences to write best-selling thrillers.

  20. Jim Leavelle

    Jim Leavelle


    James Robert "Jim" Leavelle (born August 23, 1920) is the former Dallas, Texas, homicide detective who was escorting Lee Harvey Oswald through the basement of Dallas Police headquarters when Oswald was shot by Jack Ruby. Widely distributed photographs of Oswald shortly before the shooting, depict Leavelle standing to Oswald's right and wearing a light-colored suit with matching hat.

  21. J.J. Bittenbinder

    J.J. Bittenbinder


    John Joseph "J. J." Bittenbinder (born September 1, 1943 in Buffalo, New York) a retired member of the Chicago Police Department, safety speaker, and author; best known for his work as the host of the 1990s crime series Tough Target and as a public speaker on the subject of safety. He is known for his nasally voice and his distinctive moustache.

  22. Robert Volpe

    Robert Volpe


    Robert Volpe (December 13, 1942 – November 28, 2006), was a painter and New York City police officer and detective, specializing in art theft.

  23. Seamus McCaffery

    Seamus McCaffery


    Seamus P. McCaffery (born June 3, 1950) is a retired Justice on the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the Democratic Party. Prior to his election to the Supreme Court, he was a judge on the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, and prior to that was a municipal court judge in Philadelphia. He was the judge at "Eagles Court", an ad hoc court created to deal with unruly fans at Philadelphia Eagles games.

  24. Lou Smit

    Lou Smit


    Andrew Louis "Lou" Smit (April 14, 1935 – August 11, 2010) was an American police detective in Colorado Springs, Colorado who worked on a number of notable cases before his retirement in 1996, and then was recalled to work on the murder of JonBenét Ramsey. Smit was portrayed by Kris Kristofferson in the television miniseries Perfect Murder, Perfect Town.

  25. Vincent DeSimone

    Vincent DeSimone


    Vincent J. DeSimone, Jr. (1918–1979) was the Chief of Detectives of Passaic County, New Jersey, USA. In 1966, he became known as the lead detective in the homicide case at Lafayette Grill, Paterson, New Jersey. His handling of eyewitnesses was criticized by supporters of the accused 1 and the federal court later wrote about the special treatment of key witness Bello by the police: "His [Bello's] motivation was crystallized when, shortly after the trial, police officers and others tried to help him obtain a $10,000 reward offered to persons providing information that led to the arrest and conviction of the Lafayette Bar killers"5.

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