First let me say that the podcast is well produced. With that said, the content is very one-sided and the agenda is clear. I was a Police officer for 12 years and have watched a lot of COPS. I have scrutinized the show for the lack of officer safety that some officers use, and some of the comments or decisions they make, but it’s mostly “Monday Morning Quarterbacking.”The podcast points to several issues in the show that are skewed towards their position that COPS is not realistic. They mention a field test of cocaine that is positive in the field, but negative once being sent to the lab. This field test, along with the officers training and experience is enough probable cause for the arrest Additionally, they talk about the crime statistics in COPS not being representative of real like. In COPS, something like 35% of the crimes are drug related. The reason for that is drug crimes are easy to locate in the street. Other crimes are elusive and too random for a TV show to catch on film at any given time. Most places I worked, I could throw a rock and hit a drug addict. I could go on and on. And would love to share more. I wish this podcast was more even-keeled, but I get what they’re trying to do. My opinion is that COPS brought a lot of the realities of law enforcement to those that would otherwise have no clue. It is a thankless job with little recognition for what the average cop puts forth in a career. There is a reason Cops die relatively young after they retire. They live with so much and take the brunt of life’s evils so the average person doesn’t have to.
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