|Police Television Shows
Past and Present
Any person considering a police career today has
been influenced by television. As things go,
television hasn't been around that long, but its
impact was immediate and everlasting.
My most vivid memory of my first exposure to
television occurred on October 22, 1962 as I sat on
the living room floor in front of our brand new –
used – floor model TV with a 10 inch screen – black
and white obviously – and watched President John
F. Kennedy utter these words,
"Good evening, my fellow citizens. This
Government, as promised, has maintained the
closest surveillance of the Soviet military build-up
on the island of Cuba. Within the past week
unmistakable evidence has established..."
All too soon, the next most vivid memory occurred
only a year later as I watched the news coverage of
President Kennedy's assassination in Dallas, Texas.
I then watched the live coverage as Jack Ruby
murdered the President's assassin, Lee Harvey
Oswald. Thirty-eight years later, I'd watch live
coverage of terrorists crashing a passenger jet into
the second tower of the World Trade Center.
|The Influence of Television
There's no question that television has, and will
continue to have, tremendous influence on
American society. In the beginning, television took
its lead from the culture. Today, the culture is
increasingly taking its lead from television. Make no
mistake, aside from public education, television is
the most effective tool for the dissemination of
propaganda ever devised by man.
As a person considering a career in police work,
television is an excellent training tool for the
development of your investigative abilities. From
the news to entertainment and right on through the
commercials, the messages and – clues – are
everywhere. Some are obvious and others
subliminal. Obviously... the subliminal political and
societal messages are the ones you want to detect
When you become a police officer, you'll quickly
learn that people rarely ever tell the truth and
nothing but the truth. Sometimes peoples'
versions of the truth simply exist in their
interpretation of events and circumstances, or they
just simply lie. Events and circumstances depicted
on television follow pretty much the same path.
How many times have you watched a reporter using
the term "Taser related death" when reporting that
a suspect died after being tasered by police? You
never see any follow-up reporting on the death,
because the cause of death is always determined to
be a physical condition unrelated to the Taser
incident. Even so, there exists organized
propaganda claiming that hundreds of deaths have
occurred as a direct result of Taser use.
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Cops (stylized as COPS) is an American documentary /
reality legal series that follows police officers, constables,
sheriff's deputies, federal agents and state troopers during
patrols and other police activities including prostitution and
narcotics stings. It is one of the longest-running television
programs in the United States and, as of May 2011, the
longest-running show on Fox, following the cancellation of
America's Most Wanted after 23 years.
This is a list of police television programs. Dramas
involving police procedural work, and private detectives,
secret agents, and the justice system have been a
mainstay of broadcast television since the early days of
broadcasting. Shows that are not dramatic programming
are indicated (e.g. reality television, comedy or