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7\. The Police
- Members of the police force are inevitable characters in Detective Fiction and
- have been presented in every possible light from a realistic picture of the
- actual Inspector to the ignorant and fanciful author's conception of the same.
- As these strong arms of the law must appear on our pages, let us endeavor to
- know whereof we speak, and learn a few simple and primitive facts about these
- people before we endeavor to portray them. It is amusing to read some of the
- absurd effects given to these clearly defined and easily recognized American
- citizens. Make them as picturesque as possible; give them dramatic, even
- humorous personality, but do not endow them with absurd responsibilities or
- official powers.