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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.