The COPS television show – and its distinctive theme song – is on its way back to the Albuquerque area.
Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston announced Thursday that television crews will film with his deputies in April. New episodes show on FOX, but it’s not clear when the county will be seen on the air.
“This is a great way to showcase the high-quality deputies we have here in Bernalillo County,” Houston said.
Not everyone, of course, is a fan of the show. Critics say it sheds a bad light on its host cities by spotlighting crime-ridden neighborhoods.
Former Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chávez prohibited the show from working with APD after his 2001 election, and Mayor Richard Berry says he wouldn’t approve the show either.
“The city of Albuquerque was not approached by COPS,” mayoral spokeswoman Erin Thompson said. “Had we been, Mayor Berry has made it clear that he would have declined, as he is concentrating his efforts on opportunities to highlight Albuquerque as a center of innovation, arts and diversity, which we believe will bring consistently positive attention to Albuquerque as a model place to live and do business.”
Kyle Hartsock, president of the Bernalillo County Deputy Sheriff’s Association, said he welcomes the return of COPS. The show hasn’t filmed local sheriff’s deputies in at least 10 years, he said.
“I think it’s a way to show off how professional we are and the good relationships we’ve built up in the community we serve,” Hartsock said.
FOX has aired episodes of COPS since 1989.