The Omaha Police Department has agreed to allow the reality TV show “Cops” to film officers on duty.
The department hopes filming Omaha police in action will improve relations with community members, said Lt. Darci Tierney, a spokeswoman for Omaha police.
“Showing our officers in action is the ultimate form of transparency,” Tierney said. “Community policing is imperative to gaining and keeping the trust of the citizens of Omaha.”
Camera crews will follow police officers patrolling the streets of Omaha this summer. “Cops” episodes run about 22 minutes and usually show arrests or incidents involving police and civilians. Air dates have not been set.
“I am proud of the department, and want the professionalism of our officers on display for the city and world to see,” said Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer in a statement.
“Cops,” which first premiered in March 1989, was one of the first unscripted reality TV series and is one of the longest- running shows to date. The show is known for its iconic “Bad Boys” theme song.
“Cops” has filmed law enforcement agencies in at least 140 U.S. cities and three foreign countries, according to the show’s website. Fox broadcast the show up until 2013; cable TV network Spike TV picked it up soon after.