BernCo Sheriff explains decision to allow 'COPS' to film in area

Posted at: 02/17/2014 5:31 PM
By: Jen Samp, KOB Eyewitness News 4

It’s already causing some controversy and it hasn't even returned.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff is moving forward with bringing the TV show "COPS" back to the Albuquerque metro.

Sheriff Dan Houston tells KOB Eyewitness News 4 this is an opportunity to showcase not the bad guys, but the men and women who have to deal with them.

Many people remember the scenes from when "COPS" filmed in Albuquerque.

Many argue the show made the city look like it was riddled with crime, an image a couple of county commissioners do not want to see again.

But Sheriff Dan Houston says that's not what's going to happen.

“We’re not going to let anyone come out here and make a spectacle of our department or our community,” He said, “Our men and women do an excellent job and it’s our intent and purpose to use "COPS" and showcase that.”

Sheriff Houston says they are not getting money out of this and it will just help promote a good image.

“Everyone knows we have crime, all we have to do is watch newscasts every night,” he said, “The question I believe is in a lot of people's mind is what does law enforcement do in regards to that criminal activity and how do they handle it. I still believe that is the right message.”

To make the community feel more at ease the Sheriff says the Bernalillo Sheriff's office will have full editing rights.