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Do Cops Watch "COPS"?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by CTD99, Aug 18, 2006.

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Do Cops Watch COPS?

Poll closed Sep 8, 2006.
  1. Yes, I watch COPS regularly.

    13 vote(s)
    21.0%
  2. Yes, I watch COPS, but it is a jaded view due to the cameras being present.

    11 vote(s)
    17.7%
  3. I watch COPS sometimes, if it's on.

    22 vote(s)
    35.5%
  4. I watch COPS sometimes, but would rather not.

    4 vote(s)
    6.5%
  5. I don't watch COPS.

    12 vote(s)
    19.4%
  6. I don't watch COPS, I get too wound up. I'm off duty and want to relax.

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
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  1. CTD99

    CTD99 Member

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    Most attorneys I know don't watch lawer TV shows. They say it is not real, just Hollywood, ect.

    Do you guys who are in law enforcement watch COPS? Since it is the real deal I would assume most do?

    Comments on COPS?
     
  2. LiquidTension

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    I started watching COPS way before I got into LE. I think of the show as part comedy, part training video.
     
  3. Ben Shepherd

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    I am not a LEO, however my brother and father-in-law are. They both watch cops fairly often.
     
  4. S.P.E.C.T.R.E.

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    As a cake eating civilian, I didn't vote, but I would think that for cop, watching COPS would be a good way to see methods and tactics that work and those that don't. Also it's entertaining.
     
  5. News Shooter

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    I'm not a copy

    But I confess to having watched it for many years.
    Sometimes I turn it off because it gets really depressing to see how many low-life creatures are out there
     
  6. #shooter

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    I'm not a LEO, but I have a old friend that is and he watches it alot. To his wifes dismay, she doesn't want to know who ro what he encounters. he sees it as a trainning video of what to do better and what not to do.
     
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    As a former LEO / Paramedic / Sailor I don't watch:

    COPS and all the knockoffs
    Most Amazing Police Chases
    Rescue 911 or their ilk
    JAG / Pensacola Wings of Gold
    NCIS

    My wife forbids me from watching them because I usually have a pithy statement or 12 to make during the program

    I do watch Rescue Me, only because I like Dennis Leary. The vehicle is NYFD but it's not about firefighting, it's more of a prime-time soap.
     
  8. FilJos

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    Yes. Cops like COPS. It seems to always be on in the lunch room.
     
  9. Aggie's Revenge

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    Its good for a laugh and a demonstration of poor tactics.
     
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    I watch COPS when nothin' else good is on. I mostly watch the History Channel, Discovery (especially MythBusters), and OLN. Other than that, it's the Weather Channel or the few minutes of news that I can stand to watch. Most times I'd rather be doing something else than watching TV.
     
  11. DCR

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    Used to watch it when I was a prosecutor and predict which arrests would be solid or which would get tossed.:D

    Then I realized I was just bringing my job home, and stopped watching. I'd suspect the same happens for LEO's after a while.

    However, I just couldn't give up the the crime shows on Discovery and A&E, or the murder mystery books and movies. Can't explain it; they just didn't disturb me.
     
  12. FLCLIFF

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    I know I am dating myself but I watched Barney Miller while I was working. I did not watch other cop shows and do not watch any now that I am retired. Movies are another story. Not sure why but I find them more interesting.
     
  13. Aggie's Revenge

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    I caught some Barney Miller re-runs on Nick at Night here not too long ago. I recall watching the show as a kid but of course never fully understanding it.

    After working in LE for close to a decade I have to say that show was one of the best out there just for the character interaction.
     
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    My sister-in-law is a Det. Sgt. She doesn't watch at home, but her department uses old episodes of COPS for training - on what NOT to do.
     
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    I am NOT a LEO...

    ...And I will not watch COPS because I become infuriated at the abuses of peoples rights I see on that show. I'll bet there have been more than a couple of lawsuits successfully brought using show footage against some of those departments...
     
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    guy I know that spent a few years in prison said that they watched COPS religiously.
     
  17. Soybomb

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    I'm not a leo and I don't watch often but I have noticed that the older the episode the more likely the officers are to have their fingers on the trigger. :eek: If you see revolvers its like 50/50 if theres fingers on the triggers.
     
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    My best friend is a cop and he watchs cops alot
     
  19. Lupinus

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    not leo but I dont watch cops, never liked it much
     
  20. Jeff White

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    When it first came out we used to gather in the break room at the PD and watch it on Saturday nights. It was interesting seeing that the job was pretty much the same all over......I'f there is nothing else on, I might watch it now. Unfortuantely my usual reaction is; "I can't believe they are doing that on camera."

    I see a lot of officers playing to the camera and not much good police work....

    Jeff
     
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    I used to watch it off and on if there wasn't anything else interesting to watch or do.

    I have too many years on now of dealing with idiots and lowlifes to sit and watch idiots and lowlifes in someone else's jurisdiction for "entertainment" purposes.

    I prefer to go out halibut fishing or whacking whatever is in season or annoying me.
     
  22. ExtremeDooty

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    I'm not a Cop, but I love watching the show. But it's obvious most of the time that the cops are very aware of the camera on them. It's kind of like how most people drive when they notice a police car in the traffice flow. All of a sudden they're back in Driver's Ed class.
     
  23. NevJohn

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    Not a LEO, but I've watched COPS since it started; back with the episodes were all in Miami/Dade and that Silver Haired Sheriff in every scene. So many re-runs now, that if I come across an episode I've seen, I just turn it to something else. My most favorite show is, "First 48", which is more REAL than anything else I've come across. To me, it has to be actual activity, not something made up by TV. I agree with what someone else said, it that on COPS, I think there have been afew Miranda violations on some of their "in-car" interviews.

    John
     
  24. Archie

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    I'm a federal LEO..

    I didn't vote, because I couldn't find my option.

    I used to watch COPS when it was first on. Since then, it's become rather repetitious and more slanted toward the 'entertainment' end of 'reality TV'.

    I'll watch it from time to time; some of the officers are very good, some are laughable. Same with the various 'chase' programs; some are interesting and enlightening, some are just boring.

    All in all, I prefer the History channel. But not everything on that, either.
     
  25. candr44

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    I was curious about this also. I use to work with cops and a few watched it and also Hill Street Blues. I prefered Hill Street Blues myself.
     
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