TV's Cops, FBI Agents, and Other Law Enforcement Officers Who Are Terrible at Their Jobs

Television is hardly short on law enforcement dramas. And while there are plenty of heroic and competent cops and agents on TV (fingers-crossed that good-cop Olivia Benson survives the 'Law and Order: SVU' finale) TV also happens to be full of people who are, well, not quite as equipped for the job. Here is a list of law enforcers who need to get their act together. [Image: AMC]

Bad Cop

Television is hardly short on law enforcement dramas. And while there are plenty of heroic and competent cops and agents on TV (fingers-crossed that good-cop Olivia Benson survives the 'Law and Order: SVU' finale) TV also happens to be full of people who are, well, not quite as equipped for the job. Here is a list of law enforcers who need to get their act together. [Image: AMC]

Mike Warren, 'Graceland'

Mike was a star at Quantico, leading him to be transferred to "Graceland," a top-secret beach house where he lives with undercover agents from different bureaus. While Mike is crazy smart and (supposedly) the best new agent the FBI has, Mike's desire to move up the FBI chain of command makes him do stupid, stupid things. Like chase a potato-chip thief down the boardwalk when he's supposed to be undercover. While he's proven to be savvy in other ways, Mike has a serious problem with taking direction... not so great when you're life depends on maintaining a fake identity. [Image: USA Network]

Darren Wilden, 'Pretty Little Liars'

Small-town cops are supposed to be a shining example of upstanding citizenship. And then there's Detective Wilden, the evil creep who locked Aria in a box and slept with both 14-year-old Ali and, also, Hanna's mom. As far as I know, cops are supposed to be tracking down the real suspects of a crime... not harassing innocent people in order to protect your own secrets. [Image: ABC Family]

Zack Shelby, 'Bates Motel'

In his short time on 'Bates Motel', Shelby proved to be the worst person you want working in your police department. He tampers with evidence of a murder in order to protect his new girlfriend, not to mention that he's one of the leaders of a secret sex-trafficking ring. Deputy Shelby and Detective Wilden could have totally hung out. [Image: A&E]

Jack Crawford, 'Hannibal'

As the Head of the Behavioral Sciences Unit at the FBI, you would think that Crawford would know better than to hire a serial killer as the psychiatrist to one of his agents. Guess someone might need to brush up on their profiling skills, huh, Jack? [Image: NBC]

Ryan Hardy, 'The Following'

FBI agent Ryan Hardy is always there to save the day... just a couple of minutes too late. Throughout the season, we watched as Ryan let at least four people die because he didn't act quickly enough. Ryan has a tendency to let his emotions get in the way of clear thinking — which would be almost okay if his job wasn't to protect people and track down killers. It's not that Ryan had a "death curse"... it's just that he's not particularly great at moving quickly. [Image: Fox]

Sarah Linden and Stephen Holder, 'The Killing'

There is a lot wrong with 'The Killing.' (The outdated technology, the fact that it's perpetually raining, the acting... ) But perhaps the worst part of the show is the bad police work. Don't these guys do background checks on their victims? Maybe if they did they would have put together the pieces of Rosie Larsen's murder a lot faster... and the show wouldn't have been nearly canceled. [Image: AMC]