Gabe over at Videogum found this amazing video from Sunset Television that reworks a typically not-safe-for-kids episode of “Cops” into a seriously-safe-for-kids version of “Cops” by putting cartoon heads on all the criminals/officers.
“COPS” CRUISES INTO 25th SEASON
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 15, ON FOX
The milestone 25th season of COPS premieres Saturday, Dec. 15 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) on FOX, during which the veteran show will go on duty in Toledo, OH; Sacramento, CA; and Portland, OR. The following week on Saturday, Dec. 22 (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT), COPS will debut another unforgettable edition of the annual special, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” highlighting Portland, OR; Alameda County, CA; and Las Vegas, NV. The trailblazing show remains one of the longest-running primetime series currently airing on broadcast television and will celebrate its landmark 850th episode in February.
This season, the Emmy Award-nominated reality series will cover the U.S. from coast to coast and profile some of the country’s finest law enforcement professionals and more interesting suspects. COPS will film with police and sheriff’s departments in California, Florida, New Jersey, Ohio and Virginia. The show also will revisit Kansas City, MO; Sacramento, CA; and Broward County, FL, where the original pilot was filmed.
For nearly a quarter-century, COPS has followed law enforcement agencies in more than 140 U.S. cities and has filmed in Europe, Asia and Central and South America. It was the first American television program to follow police in the former Soviet Union. A true pioneer of the reality television phenomenon, creator and executive producer John Langley is often credited with introducing the signature “video vérite” style of COPS, a camera technique that notably influenced TV advertising, news reporting and other network and syndicated programming.
Created by John Langley, COPS is produced by Langley Productions, Inc. and Fox Television Studios. John Langley and Morgan Langley are executive producers. Doug Waterman serves as supervising producer and Zach Ragsdale as producer. “Like” COPS on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Copstv. Follow the series on Twitter @COPStv and join the discussion at #cops.
Annual All-New “Ho! Ho! Ho!” Edition Airs Saturday, December 22
Milestone 850th Episode To Air This February
When Officer Erik Nelson of the Norwood (OH) Police Division attempts to assist a resident who claimed that someone pulled a knife on her, he receives an urgent “officer needs assistance” call from a nearby unit. Officer Nelson aborts his investigation and runs over to the scene of a traffic stop. When the officer arrives, he forced to use his taser on the uncooperative driver involved in the traffic stop. To their surprise, the desperate driver takes off in his vehicle and leads them on a dangerous high-speed chase. The pursuit ends when the several police units corner the suspect in a public parking lot. When asked why he ran, the driver claims that the officers scared him.
The Toledo Police Department will begin a Recruitment process soon. The City of Toledo Civil Service will be giving an exam to establish a list of potential candidates to be chosen for an upcoming Toledo Police Academy class. Those chosen, will attend a Toledo Police Department Training Academy and, upon completion of the class, will become Toledo Police Officers. The Civil Service exam date has been set for December 1, 2012. Please complete an interest card located at the Recruitment link of the Toledo Police Department’s website. When the Civil Service exam information is released, you will then be notified. Thank you.
Camera crews for Langley Productions, which produces the reality TV-style show, spent eight weeks riding along with about 30 officers as they patrolled their districts.
Filming wrapped up July 21 and the footage will appear in multiple episodes of “COPS” starting early next year, said show producer Zach Ragsdale. The series will end with a two-hour finale marking 25 seasons of the show. The episodes tell the stories of individual patrol officers and illustrate how the department operates, Ragsdale said.
“COPS” didn’t come to the city because of crime, he said, adding that that is a common misconception. The police department invited the show after Lou Thurston, one of its public information officers, approached Ragsdale with the idea.
Ragsdale had been a cameraman for the show when it filmed in Virginia Beach for 1998 episodes. Thurston was a spokesman for the Virginia Beach Police Department at the time.
“I just really want to show off this police department,” Thurston said.
While it’s a “tremendous morale booster” for officers, it’s also a recruiting tool, Thurston said. After the Virginia Beach episodes aired, Thurston said there was a dramatic increase in calls from career seekers.
“I think it’s a great show because I think it gives people a better understanding of what we deal with on the street,” said Officer Danielle Lawrence, who was followed by “COPS” crews in the South Precinct.
The 43-year-old was surprised to hear the show would film in the city, but hopes her friends and family get an idea of what she does every day. Lawrence pursued a police career to follow in the footsteps of her grandfather, who was a New York City police officer.
What keeps her going, she said, is when residents show their appreciation for her efforts, like one elderly woman who kissed her on the cheek and thanked her for patrolling her neighborhood.
“That overcomes and outweighs anything bad that can happen on this job — because somebody said thank you,” Lawrence said.
Newport News police officer Matthew Boykin, 26, grew up watching “COPS” and the show partly encouraged him to join the force. A two-person crew rode with Boykin about six times. The cameras made him feel a little awkward at first, but it became exciting, he said.
Boykin said he hopes residents get a better understanding of how police operate to further build the relationship between the department and community. Most of the time, people see police when they act, like making an arrest or pulling cars over, but not why they act, Boykin said.
“We’re human beings,” Boykin said. “We’re approachable. You can talk to us.”
Viewers need to be aware the show is entertainment and not the full picture of what it’s like to be a police officer, said Cheri Chambers, assistant professor in sociology at Christopher Newport University.
Over the years, “COPS” has evolved to show more realistic scenes like traffic stops and not just the violent and sensational crimes, Chambers said. The footage selected is what will entice viewers to watch, she added. It doesn’t show officers testifying in court or spending hours doing paperwork.
Additionally, research has shown that the people portrayed on the show are more impoverished and have a higher minority representation, said Chambers, who teaches a media and crime class. Not everyone who interacts with the police signs the release to allow the footage on air.
The police department administration views the footage before it airs and Police Chief James Fox approves it, Thurston explained.
Newport News Mayor McKinley Price has no concerns about the city and police appearing on “COPS,” as both he and City Councilwoman Patricia Woodbury agreed that showcasing the professionalism of the local police force would be positive for the city. Woodbury said that it could possibly help deter crime.
Officer Boykin hopes the show will film in Newport News again.
“If they invite us, we’d love to come back,” Ragsdale said
By Tara Bozicktbozick@dailypress.com | 757-247-4741
August 10, 2012 Copyright © 2012, Newport News, Va., Daily Press
COPS: Star Wars Parody
This video takes look at what the show COPS would be like if it was shot within Skyrim. It’s billed as “Episode 1,” so hopefully we’ll get some more, because it is excellent.
A STOLEN VEHICLE LEADS TO A SUSPECT’S “CRYSTAL” CLEAR LIES ON “COPS” SATURDAY, AUGUST 25, ON FOX
Officers in the New Orleans, LA, Police Department find themselves in a dramatic high-speed chase when they attempt to stop a car without a license plate. Later, the Spokane County, WA, Sheriff’s Office receives a call after an altercation between two neighbors results in a gunshot fired to the ground. Finally, when police in North Las Vegas, NV, locate a stolen luxury vehicle and catch the suspect in a string of lies, they discover the suspect also is in possession of crystal meth
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POLICE HIT THE STREETS ON “COPS” SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, ON FOX
A Springfield, MO, police officer tasers a suspect and retrieves a stolen wallet after the subject makes a run for it at a traffic stop. Then, a man is arrested by an officer of the New Orleans, LA, Police Department for hiding thirty seven pieces of crack cocaine in his soda cup. Finally, a senior officer of the Corpus Christi, TX, Police Department responds to a call after two men are caught arguing over racial issues at a bus stop
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EAT OR BE EATEN ON “COPS” SATURDAY, AUGUST 18, ON FOX
Officers in the Springfield, MO, Police Department find themselves in a high speed chase with an SUV, which results in the car flipping over, a weapons violation, and a felony drug warrant. Meanwhile, the Chattanooga, TN, Police Department pulls over a man for driving without a license and finds the driver has eaten his marijuana stash in an attempt to hide it. Finally, officers of the Hillsborough County, FL, Sherriff’s Office respond to a domestic violence dispute, and find a man threatening his wife and newborn child with a gun
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