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Robbie Parry
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Three only, please (no ties, honourable mentions). They can be from any fictional show (including animated), UK shows, US shows, etc. What matters is that they must be the rank of sergeant. They can be representative of any police force, geographic or otherwise, as long as they hold that rank. Uniformed or detective. Military police, too.

Mine are:

Desk Sergeant Ronald Coleman (CAGNEY AND LACEY)
Sgt. T.J. Hooker (T.J. HOOKER)
Sergeant John Mann (RED CAP)

Coleman provided many memorable moments, including comic relief.

Hooker was such a solid, hard-working sergeant, who mentored rookies well - and wasn't afraid to get his hands dirty.

The late John Thaw played Sergeant John Mann, working in the Special Investigation Branch, the UK military police's detective branch. He was dogged and persistent.

It was so hard to whittle it down to three. There have been many great police sergeants.

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Petter Myhr Ness
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Damn... I know plenty of Inspectors and Detectives, but Sergeants... I needed to look that one up!

DS Ellie Miller from BROADCHURCH
Sergeant Jay Landsman from THE WIRE
DS Lewis from INSPECTOR MORSE
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Det. Sgt. Ed Brown- IRONSIDE. My favorite character on the show.

Sgt. Mick "The Biter" Belker.- HILL STREET BLUES. Scene stealer for me.

Det. Sgt. Joe Friday- DRAGNET. Stone faced and icy veined. Nothing gets by Friday.

I gar-rone-tee I'm missing somebody I shouldn't be.


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Robbie Parry
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I knew someone who was a sergeant in the police force (many years ago) and he said the duties/responsibilities could differ depending on the location. He said that a sergeant in a busy station within a metropolitan area was low on the food chain and had a lot of superiors; whereas a sergeant working in a rural area, or on an island, was pretty much the titular head of the station.

There have been many memorable ones. 

I do wonder, though, is there such a position as desk sergeant in real life? Let me rephrase that: is there really a position where a sergeant solely works the desk during his tenure?

The aforementioned person told me that a sergeant, at least in the UK, alternates duties, so custody/cells one week, front desk or something another week, CAD room the week after - plus lots of street duties.

Some fictional sergeants were on the street a lot (like my choice, T.J. Hooker) whilst the likes of Ronald Coleman and Sgt. Phil Esterhaus (HILL STREET BLUES) seemed to spend all their time behind a desk. 
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Surprisingly tough question! As with Petter, it seems that most of my favorite TV cops are above the rank of sergeant.

I'll go with:

Det. Sgt. Joe Friday, Dragnet
Det. Sgt. Ellie Miller, Broadchurch
Sgt. William "Mac" MacDonald, Adam-12


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Robbie Parry
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I'll do topics for other ranks at some point.

I'd probably go like this:

Favourite lieutenant
Favourite captain
Favourite senior rank (Above Captain, up to Commissioner)
And either favourite police chief or favourite commissioner

Could even do favourite sheriff and favourite state trooper, too.

Favourite senior rank would make sense because if I split it into different topics (favourite deputy chief, favourite deputy inspector, etc), well I don't know if folk could come up with three! The higher ranks don't feature as frequently in the shows.


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This was harder than I thought it would be:
Sgt. Hank Voight, Chicago PD
Sgt. Fish, Barney Miller
Sgt. Friday, Dragnet
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Sgt. Friday seems very popular!

It is hard. I could quite easily have come up with five or six.
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Yep, I completely agree with Bill Catellier's list:

Sgt. Hank Voight, Chicago PD
Sgt. Fish, Barney Miller
Sgt. Friday, Dragnet
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Sgt. Phil Esterhaus - Hill Street Blues

Sgt. Bob Cryer - The Bill 

DS Camille Bordey - Death In Paradise
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Detective Sgt.Friday from DRAGNET
Sgt. Stan "Wojo" Wojciehowicz from BARNEY MILLER
Detective Sgt. Jeffords from BROOKLYN NINE NINE
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Sgt Joe Friday, from Dragnet. THE gold standard for tv detectives, period.

Sgt. Wojciehowicz, from Barney Miller (But he wasn't a sergeant until season 4.....). My favorite character on the show. Other than the title character, of course.

Sgt. Hank Voight, from Chicago P.D. People may think he's a dirty cop, but he gets things done.
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 Robbie Moubert wrote:
Sgt. Phil Esterhaus - Hill Street Blues

"Let's be careful out there."

Did he ever leave the station? I haven't seen every episode of HILL STREET BLUES, but, like my choice (Ronald Coleman), there seem to be some sergeants who, whilst good at their job, "warmed their butts" on chairs for the duration. :D
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There were a couple of occasions where he left the station - once to go to lunch and once to meet an ex-con he'd put away. Sadly Michael Conrad's health led to him spending less and less time on screen during the third season before his death during season four. By the end he was limited to just doing the roll call scenes.
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Thanks. 

I enjoy roll calls (or parades as they are called in the UK) in police dramas, but I don't recall many modern shows featuring them.
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I never considered before. I love a few TV sergeants:

My favorite-favorite is Sgt. Dennis Becker, from The Rockford Files, who suffered under a couple lieutenants for his friendship with that jail-bird, Jim Rockford.

Then Wojo on Barney Miller and Belker from Hill Street Blues.
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Sarge from Hong Kong Phooey
 
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 Matthew Wilkie wrote:
Sarge from Hong Kong Phooey

Hmmm, not being "sportsmanlike" with the rules, Matthew. Stretching it a little, my friend. ;-) 
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Hmmm, not being "sportsmanlike" with the rules, Matthew. Stretching it a little, my friend. ;-)

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Not intended if I have, Robbie. Wasn't he an MP sergeant?
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I'm just pulling your leg, hence the emoticon. ;-))
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I'm just pulling your leg, hence the emoticon. ;-))

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Ah. The subtleties of emoticons often pass me by, Robbie  

Confused smiley
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A couple of people have mentioned Mick Belker and, although he's my favourite HSB character, strangely I find it hard to think of him as a sergeant. His rank was rarely mentioned and he was usually just referred to as "Detective". A wonderful character nonetheless.
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Yes, it was hard to think of him as a sergeant. 
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Sgt. Arthur Dietrich (Barney Miller)
Sgt. Terry Jeffords (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Sgt. Bilko (The Phil Silvers Show)
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Bilko? Police?
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