The effect of television shows featuring police officers and their work has attracted considerable attention from media scholars, particularly given burgeoning interest in the so-called CSI effect. However, few studies have taken on the question of how police officers interact with mediated representations of themselves. Drawing from a series of 1-on-1 interviews and a focus group conducted with members of the New York Police Department, the author argues that cop shows occupy an intermediate space, located between the daily experiences of the job and the television programs that are supposed to fit squarely within the realm of fiction. Her study suggests that the boundaries of this intermediate space have become increasingly blurred, leading to a fragmented reading of programs by police and a challenge to their power in a physical and symbolic sense.