published Saturday, November 27th, 2010

Cameras film Chattanooga police for new reality TV show

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    Staff Photo by Allison Carter/Chattanooga Times Free Press Thursday in East Chattanooga Chris Voos, producer and camera operator for a truTV show called "Police POV," films as the Chattanooga police Crime Supression Unit checks out a vehicle.

Cameras are rolling with Chattanooga police for a new reality TV show scheduled to air in April.

The show, "Police POV," follows midsize city police departments across the country.

The truTV cable channel will feature Chattanooga police along with departments in Fort Smith, Ark., Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio, on the show. Mickey Stern, CEO of BASE Productions, which is making the show, said "Police POV" will give audience members the first chance to see policing from officers' point-of-view.

The show's goal is to find "real people in real cities," Stern said.

"It's basically a re-invention of shows like 'Cops.' 'Cops' was cutting-edge for its day, but this is cops seen through cops' view," he said.

To help the audience see events through a police officer's perspective, the show uses a pen-sized camera that rests atop an officer's earlobe with a wire that attaches to a fist-sized computer where the recording can be reviewed.

For the television show, a camera operator also films separate angles with a traditional shoulder-carried camera.

Filming is scheduled in Chattanooga for about a year, Stern said.

Chattanooga police spokeswoman Officer Rebecca Royval said the camera operator has ridden with different divisions within the department. An advantage to the long-term filming is that much of what's recorded will have been resolved by the time the show airs, she said.

Stern said the show's producers will edit film to show viewers a variety of police situations from multiple departments within each 30-minute segment. Not every scene will be a high-speed chase.

"People definitely forget that a big part of their job is preventing crime," Stern said.

For example, "Police POV" will depict instances of community policing, where officers work with the public and help defuse tense situations.

Royval said Chattanooga police were featured on the "Cops" television show several years ago, but the new program could give residents a better sense of police duties.

"I think it's definitely good for the department and it's helpful for the citizens as well because they get to see what an officer goes through during the day," she said.


TASER, a Scottsdale, Ariz.,-based company, developed the AXON cameras, tiny headcams that can record up to 10.5 hours of video. The company released the equipment publicly in 2009. The recording equipment is being touted as the next step in accurate police record keeping with more mobile recording capability than the now nearly standard dashboard cameras.

TASER has a partnership with the "Police POV" production company.

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Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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Great idea Chattanooga, televise our crime to the nation. Then, it will echo for decades in reruns. Probably not what the citizens want communicated about our fair city.

Who approves these stupid ideas?

November 27, 2010 at 7:48 a.m.
holdout said...

Yes better to be like Littlefield and deny the problem exists.

November 27, 2010 at 9:09 a.m.

No Holdout, just address the issues instead of sensationalizing it for other's profit.

November 27, 2010 at 9:12 a.m.
chioK_V said...

Hope they won't use a flash bang grenade for special effects to impress the public like the one they used that burned the little girl alive in Detroit recently after bursting up into a family's home with a NO-Knock warrant. Then the cop shot her point blank. These police shows have a way of taking on a life of their own. The police tend to come to believe themselves to be actors acting out a part rather than being police officer, serving the public.

November 27, 2010 at 9:53 a.m.
chioK_V said...

They should also address the legal aspects of filming someone without their consent for such a show. Voos is not a police officer. The show will be for profit. There are legal ramification AKA lawsuits that may be brought against both Voos and the dept. for this. Even the show COPS required individuals to sign a waiver agreeing to their being filmed.

November 27, 2010 at 9:58 a.m.
librul said...

The "Chattanooga Donut Chronicles" or "Oh, It's YOU Mr. Littlefield" or "Where The Cops Are When You Need One" or "Grand Theft - Civil Rights" or "You Have The Right To Remain Silent Or I'll Taser You Again, Bro".

Just another gross foray into fluff and meaningless authoritarian exhibitionism when what we need is more professionalism in LAW ENFORCEMENT.

These ain't your Norman Rockwell policemen. I suggest you tatoo your lawyer's number somewhere where you can read it while hog tied.

November 27, 2010 at 10:25 a.m.
Salsa said...

Anyone can film anything that occurs in a public place since there is no expectation of privacy there. There are no waivers required for that. These types of shows have been done for years and they certainly know what is required. It is very easy to "blot" out a face if it is needed and they do it all the time.

November 27, 2010 at 10:30 a.m.
rolando said...

criminals/traffic offenders have no legal "expectation of privacy" while committing those crimes/offenses, chio, therefor consent to be filmed in the act is NOT required.

The only thing needed is the fuzzed-out face pending a conviction.

You would have it that consent must be granted before an arrest mug shot is taken.

November 27, 2010 at 10:56 a.m.
rolando said...

When a cop isn't there when you need him or her, librul, just remember that YOU and your ilk are anti-gun.

The rest of us simply draw and use our weapon, as and if required. Pity you must hide behind your door after dark...

November 27, 2010 at 10:59 a.m.
rolando said...

Oops. Stepped on your post, salsa. Sorry. I must remember to read ALL the posts before commenting, especially when there are so few posted.

November 27, 2010 at 11 a.m.
hambone said...

Judgeing from recent shootings reported on TV and in the paper. What Chattanooga needs is a good Drive-by shooting range. It is obvious from the reports that gang members need to improve their aim if they are going to be on TV.

November 27, 2010 at 12:01 p.m.
dave said...

I hate to hear this. I know that every minority and young person that can be made to "look" suspicious will be harassed and filmed in the worst possible light. Even if you are a legal Latino you can bet they will be pulling you over on some trumped up charge to check your papers. Me? I am a 60 year old white male and don't have too much to worry about unless they outlaw blood pressure medicine but I fear it will not be the same for many in our community. What is this all about...serving the community or getting some "face-time" in front of the cameras. I am sure 'ol Ron will get himself in there as well.

November 27, 2010 at 1:13 p.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...

Bravo! Maybe this will show the average person the difficult yet proffessional job done by CPD. Keep up the great job.

November 27, 2010 at 3:02 p.m.
mymy said...

Is Operation Gangsgiving the first installment?

November 27, 2010 at 8:45 p.m.
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