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"Cops" TV show will air Richmond County segments in February

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 7:44 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 12:51 AM
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Producers for the television show Cops have chosen five segments from recent filming in Richmond County to begin airing in February.

A camera crew from the television show "Cops" works along East Boundary Road in Augusta on Oct. 17. The show's producers have decided to air five segments from their filming in Richmond County beginning in Februrary.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/FILE
A camera crew from the television show "Cops" works along East Boundary Road in Augusta on Oct. 17. The show's producers have decided to air five segments from their filming in Richmond County beginning in Februrary.

“There’s a lot of action from Richmond,” said producer Zach Ragsdale, who promised car chases, foot chases and people who don’t want to talk to the police.

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree signed a contract with Langley Productions Inc. in April for filming by the television show.

Roundtree admitted he was “a little apprehensive at first,” but later decided it was a good opportunity to show the public what officers do daily.

“This being in Augusta will only catapult us into the direction the agency is going,” he said.

Wearable cameras for deputies are being considered by the sheriff’s office.

Two camera crews followed deputies for eight weeks in eight-hour shifts, five days a week. Producers have chosen five 6½-minute segments that will appear in separate episodes this season.

“A lot of good police work doesn’t make good television in that there’s just no end (to the story),” Ragsdale said.

Each segment has to have a beginning, middle and end that’s complete with a suspect and victim. Most end with an arrest or resolution, he said.

Ragsdale said getting permission to use the footage is often an issue and it’s one reason crews spend so long with an agency.

Everyone who appears on camera, including deputies, victims and suspects, has to sign a release.

“There’s always two sides to every story,” Ragsdale said about why people sign releases. “A lot of times they just want their side heard, especially the suspects because they often don’t feel like their side is being heard.”

Roundtree said he was surprised to see how candid some of the suspects were on camera and said he imagines the public will be entertained by the footage.

The sheriff’s office did have final say in the edited footage. Roundtree said only one segment was re-edited because he felt it left too much to interpretation. After re-editing, it was approved.

Overall, he believes the public will be proud with the police agency.

“Richmond (County) is a very professional agency with a lot of hard workers,” Ragsdale said. “You go to some agencies and they just go to calls. These deputies are proactive and motivated to fight crime in their county.”

The first segment is scheduled to air in a Feb. 8 episode on Spike at 8 p.m. The rest of the air dates will be announced later.

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nocnoc
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nocnoc 12/14/13 - 09:37 pm
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Proud of RCSO

Not proud we had to Air our dirty Laundry at 1st, but now I will be interested to see if what is shown, is balanced according to actual arrests or Politically Corrected.

rocketserve
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rocketserve 12/15/13 - 10:55 am
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That's all?
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So they filmed 40 hours a week for 2 months and all they got was 32 and a half minutes worthy of TV? I read more than that here weekly of crime going on.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/15/13 - 11:19 am
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Would have thought they could film a whole season in 8 hrs?
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It being ARC and all that New American Dream.

oldredneckman96
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oldredneckman96 12/15/13 - 03:53 pm
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What ya gonna do?
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I do believe a full length, serialized, long running movie could be made on the crime in Augusta.

owensjef3
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owensjef3 12/15/13 - 07:20 pm
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What is wrong with you? Who
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What is wrong with you? Who thinks like that all the time.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 12/16/13 - 08:52 am
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owensjef3

Just show one thing f3, you sure don't read the daily August news everyday.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/16/13 - 09:11 am
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Lot of action in Augusta

Now that is a mouthful....I'm sure the police will be known as Hollywood actors now...:)

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 12/16/13 - 11:12 am
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Should be mandatory nationwide.

"Wearable cameras for deputies are being considered by the sheriff’s office."

It protects the good cops from false accusations and it protects the public from the bad cops. If car cameras were required for every traffic stop and body cameras for every arrest; it would lighten the court load considerably too. More offenders would plead out without trials when there is irrefutable evidence of their charges.

edit: It would probably reduce lippy and combative people too if they know their antics are being recorded.

na_bboy
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na_bboy 12/16/13 - 11:18 am
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A few brilliant people

Some will be looking for fame and recognition for this crapola!!

owensjef3
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owensjef3 12/16/13 - 01:34 pm
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Wow CG you might be right,
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Wow CG you might be right, judging by the number of thumbs up given nocnoc . I guest there is first time for everything. lol

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