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police procedural

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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A story or drama about the investigation of a crime by the police.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a sub-genre of crime fiction which portrays the activities of a police force as they investigate crimes. Unlike other types of crime fiction, the perpetrator may be known at the outset of the story.

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