The Logan County Sheriff’s Department is taking part in a popular network series created by A&E. The network is offering viewers unfettered and unfiltered live access inside the country’s busiest police forces and the communities they patrol in the new documentary series Live PD.
Over the course of eight weeks, dash cams along with fixed rig and handheld cameras, will capture the work of a varied mix of urban and rural police forces around the country on a typical Friday night. In-studio host, ABC’s Dan Abrams, alongside Dallas Police Department Detectives Rich Emberlin and Kevin Jackson will guide viewers through the night, giving insight to what audiences are seeing in real time, bouncing minute-by-minute between the featured police departments and offering an inside look at each live incident.
The network began following the Warren County Sheriff’s Department before contacting sheriff Wallace Whittaker and asking if his department would be interested in being a part of the documentary. Whittaker said he believed the program would be beneficial to the citizens of the county to see what deputies face on a daily basis.
After release forms were signed, A&E camera crews began following the Logan County Sheriff’s Deputies Friday, Feb. 10th showing traffic stops and arrests performed locally.
“The network goes across all of North America highlighting law enforcement and what they go through,” said Whittaker. “I think it’s a good idea. This allows people to see inside what police officers deal with. It’s transparent and puts the citizen right there without the dangers associated with possible criminal activity.”
Whittaker says he has access to a live feed before the incidents go on air. “We can watch it through our cell phone and if they need to blur out faces of agents or juveniles, we can have them do it before it airs. If they come up on an accident scene, they have been instructed to blur the victim’s face as well.”
According to Whittaker, Live PD will be back this coming Friday, Feb. 17 to follow the department and may be back every Friday until March. You can watch full episodes of Live PD at http://www.aetv.com/shows/live-pd or catch it on A&E at 9 p.m.
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