Herc and Valchek:
Good Police or Good Fortune?
Iain Dormer
From "Soft Eyes," 4.02 The Wire
hroughout The Wire, the phrase “good police” is
used by several members of the Baltimore
Police Department to describe various
characters, typically those more capable at solving
cases than others. Normally, this refers to Lester
Freamon or Jimmy McNulty, but based on their
ethically questionable actions, especially toward the
end of the Season Five, it raises the issues of whether
good police are necessarily moral. One character who
is consistently judged for his rather dubious decision-
making is Thomas Hauk, or “Herc” to his friends. Herc
is first introduced in the pilot episode of Season One
when he and Ellis Carver help Kima Greggs bust a car
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