nounchiefly North American
A crime novel in which the emphasis is on the procedures used by the police in solving the crime.
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- I read village mysteries and hard-boiled American private eye novels, spy thrillers and police procedurals.
- But she also wonders if Sayers would feel any kinship to today's grisly police procedurals, filled with random killings and clinical crime details.
- With Leonard on board as a consultant to the show, this will hopefully keep the stories interesting and not your typical police procedurals week after week.
Definition of police procedural in:
- The British & World English dictionary