Show’s producers also have taken the coverage to a new level, in the process challenging its reality show rivals with cameras affixed to patrol car doors and windows that capture from all sides the at times explosive action.
The show owes its ’90s feel to colorful graphics, stylish badge-emblazoned bumpers and a narrator who puts the calls for service into context with the city’s geography and current political climate.
However, the opening vehicle pursuit and the resulting capture of the bad guy is only likely to hold viewers through the first break, as segs featured in show’s return are far from auspicious.
A laborious seg featuring a crowded Sunday afternoon at the beach and the time-worn explanation by a mounted officer that the horses encourage the public to interact with the saddle-bound coppers mar show’s bow and is likely to cause a yawn or two among viewers.
The occasional out of sync radio chatter with the on-screen action also may bug some.
And while the show is a much-needed public-relations vehicle for the department — especially in light of the recent brouhaha at the O.J. Simpson murder trial — it is nonetheless unlikely to make converts of its critics.