TULSA, Okla. - Tulsa police officers will soon be featured on the A&E show ‘LivePD.’
Police officials announced the production early Thursday evening. Filming will take place with select officers from Tulsa’s three uniform divisions.
The department called it a “unique opportunity to showcase the great men and women of the Tulsa Police Department to the rest of the world.”
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Tulsa police used to be featured on the show periodically but declined to renew the show’s contract in 2017. This marks the first time since then that TPD will be involved in the show.
Mayor G.T. Bynum commented on the announcement Friday:
“I supported the cancellation of Live PD previously because I felt the presence of a television camera crew served as a distraction for our officers in the field. I have since come to appreciate that our training staff greatly values the footage from the show as it allows them to teach from real life scenarios at our academy. If our officers are comfortable with the crews, then I have no problem with it.I also think we’ve spent a lot of time in the last few years discussing the way our officers go about their job in the community. As I’ve experienced personally, it can be valuable to see it for yourself rather than to rely on the assertions of others. Tulsans will benefit from seeing the work their police officers do every day.”
The first new episode featuring Tulsa police will air Friday.
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