Part of what is striking on The Wire is the amount of surveillance that goes on. This does not just refer to the surveillance of the cops on the members of the drug trade, but also to all other incidental forms. There are multiple shots of the cops that begin on a surveillance screen. Not only does this draw parallels between the police and the criminals, but it also leads to the question of who is watching the police. Moreover, it also brings to mind the question of why the police are being watched. The amount of cameras trained on the police brings up the point that they too are being watched by some institution. This institution is part of the reason why the conditions of the police department continue to be reproduced. Cops like McNulty are constantly watched and controlled, and investigations are often impeded by departmental politics. The inefficiency of the structure of the police department is constantly being reinforced, despite the efforts of the cops involved. Like the members of the drug trade, the cops are also subject to institutional pressures. The surveillance of the police furthers the point that they are under as much scrutiny, as well as attempts of control, as the people on the streets. By demonstrating that the police are under similar pressures, the creators demonstrate how the conditions within the police department are produced through a similar process of structural violence.