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    Real vs. Reality TV

    Silly question, but I watch several police “reality” shows and I was wondering if they were anything like what actually happens day to day?

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    Not where I work. There has been some times where an incident could make a show like that, but most of the time I am handling BS stuff that I personally would never in a million years call the police for. Some guys on here that work the bigger cities may tell you different though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angelausp View Post
    Silly question, but I watch several police “reality” shows and I was wondering if they were anything like what actually happens day to day?
    Yes, it is. The shows depict a 40 minute time period of our day.

    What the TV shows dont show is the rest of the 8 or more hour shift, which is spent.... typing/writing the reports, filling out the 23 forms that accompany the arrest, the 14 forms needed for the damaged squad car and ripped uniform shirt, the overtime form for your court appearance the next morning, the time spent transporting said DBIQ to Jail, the waiting in the Booking room while someone checks to make sure your paperwork is filled out correctly, and getting the DBIQ medically cleared, the time spent giving verbal explanations to the sergeant, the night commander and the public information officer, inventorying whatever evidence was collected, etc etc.

    Yep, it's all fun and games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt581 View Post
    Yes, it is. The shows depict a 40 minute time period of our day.

    What the TV shows dont show is the rest of the 8 or more hour shift, which is spent.... typing/writing the reports, filling out the 23 forms that accompany the arrest, the 14 forms needed for the damaged squad car and ripped uniform shirt, the overtime form for your court appearance the next morning, the time spent transporting said DBIQ to Jail, the waiting in the Booking room while someone checks to make sure your paperwork is filled out correctly, and getting the DBIQ medically cleared, the time spent giving verbal explanations to the sergeant, the night commander and the public information officer, inventorying whatever evidence was collected, etc etc.

    Yep, it's all fun and games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt581 View Post
    Yes, it is. The shows depict a 40 minute time period of our day.

    What the TV shows dont show is the rest of the 8 or more hour shift, which is spent.... typing/writing the reports, filling out the 23 forms that accompany the arrest, the 14 forms needed for the damaged squad car and ripped uniform shirt, the overtime form for your court appearance the next morning, the time spent transporting said DBIQ to Jail, the waiting in the Booking room while someone checks to make sure your paperwork is filled out correctly, and getting the DBIQ medically cleared, the time spent giving verbal explanations to the sergeant, the night commander and the public information officer, inventorying whatever evidence was collected, etc etc.

    Yep, it's all fun and games.
    And its also not always recorded over 1 shift, and when the cops crew is with a cop, that cop will respond to a lot more jobs than they normally would, to get footage.
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    A buddy of mine was chosen to drive the COPS crew around for a while. He ended up with them in his car for about 3 months. During that time they collected enough footage for him to be in 3 episodes for a total of about 15 minutes. So figure, 3 months of filming for 15 minutes of show-worthy footage.
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    Thanks for the feedback. So, what is your craziest arrest story. I've seen episodes of COPS when they have to chase people down and have been exposed to some serious stuff. Anyone care to share?

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    Not with me they wouldn't. I'd tell them to take their gear and go find someone more camera friendly ;)
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    I read somewhere that it can take a few weeks to get enough "good stuff" to make an episode of Cops.
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