Cops” uses no actors, no re-creations and no hosts — only real officers in the line of duty — in a fascinating, informative and entertaining look at the life of police.
The reality show each week focuses on one particular police department, with this episode featuring cops from Fort Worth.
Three incidents are shown. The severe consequences of drinking and driving are brought home in a seg about a car accident, including a fatality, caused by a drunk driver.
Another incident details a cop pulling over a suspicious vehicle, which leads to no arrests, but a similar incident involves two parolees, one of whom is arrested on a weapons violation.
The format is basic and works well. Cameras follow the officer on his/her shift and only one camera and soundperson are used. Suspects are shown being pulled over and, after the incident, the officer gives his/her version of what took place.
Aside from the obvious heroes — the cops — the camera and sound persons should be highly commended for their brave work, as they go into dangerous, potentially fatal situations with much bravado.
The camerapeople in this episode include Ron Morton, Mark Bozman and Shaun Donahue. Sound was by Doug Koehenbach, Tony Guggino and David Lance.
There are many arguments as to whether this type of show belongs on TV, with its questions of legality and voyeuristic instincts. Arguments aside, show does exactly what it sets out to do in a provocative half-hour.