Sheriff's deputies won't be the only ones chasing Pierce County's bad boys over the next several weeks.
Crews from the Fox television show “Cops” will ride along looking for footage of the good guys in action.
Two camera crews will begin accompanying deputies on calls this week, sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said Tuesday. They will be recording pursuits, arrests and other interesting activity for the upcoming season of the reality-based television show, which will kick off this fall on a date not yet set.
The “Cops” crews primarily will be paired with deputies who work swing and graveyard shifts in the greater South Hill area.
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“That’s where most of the activity is,” Troyer said.
This is not the first time Pierce County sheriff’s deputies have been the focus of the show, which features everyday crime scenes with running commentary from on-duty officers. They also were featured in 1992, 1996 and 2000.
Members of other area law enforcement agencies also have been on the show, including King County sheriff’s deputies and Lakewood police. The Tacoma Police Department has never participated.
“We’ve had good success with them,” Troyer said. “It shows our citizens what we do both on a local and national level.”
The department does not receive any money for being in the show. The deputies participate on a volunteer basis, and the camera crews ride with them on their regular patrol shift, Troyer said.
The department does review an episode before its aired.
“It’s very, very rare that we’ve made a change,” Troyer said.
Suspects and other people filmed during police encounters have to sign a release to have their faces shown on television. Otherwise, the faces are blurred.
In April, Fox renewed “Cops” for a 23rd season. It airs Saturdays at 8 and 8:30 p.m.
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