Augustans will get the opportunity to see what really happens on their streets when the first episode of Cops featuring the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office airs Saturday.
Camera crews from the Spike television show followed Richmond County deputies during their patrols for about eight weeks after Sheriff Richard Roundtree signed a contract with Langley Productions in April.
Roundtree told The Augusta Chronicle he was apprehensive of the offer at first but ultimately decided to do it. He said the episodes will further his goal of having a transparent agency.
According to the contract, all footage had to be approved by the sheriff’s office before it aired. Producers also had to have signed consent from all parties, including suspects, who appear on camera.
Producers chose several 6 ½-minute segments, which will each air on separate episodes this season.
The unscripted reality show premiered in 1989 and is one of the longest running television shows in history. After 25 seasons on Fox, Cops moved to the cable network Spike TV this season.
The show’s producer, Zach Ragsdale said he didn’t want to give too much away but promised viewers would see some car and foot chases and people who didn’t want to talk to police.
A teaser for Saturday’s episode titled “Wrong Place, Wrong Time” shows a deputy chasing a suspect on foot in “a known drug area” and threatening to “tase” him before he eventually takes the suspect to the ground.
Other episodes will be shown Feb. 22, March 1 and March 8.