'COPS' contract gives BCSO right of refusal

Posted at: 02/18/2014 11:08 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

A lot of people aren't happy about the return of the show "COPS" to the Albuquerque metro.

But Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston is standing by his decision to allow their crews to ride along with his deputies.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 has obtained a copy of the contract that may explain why he feels so comfortable working with them.

"COPS" certainly has a reputation.

In fact, former Albuquerque mayor Martin Chavez told "COPS" a few years ago they could no longer shoot here because they made the city look bad.

But Sheriff Dan Houston says when "COPS" crews come here, it's about the "good guys"--his deputies, with their chance to show how they handle crime.

KOB has a copy of the contract signed by Langley Productions, the company that handles "COPS" filming.

They agree to give the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department the right to review and approve all completed segments prior to broadcast.

Sheriff Houston said there's no compensation for the department to work with the show, and the contract proves that.

But KOB did find out that Langley Productions will qualify for a 25 percent tax incentive for filming in New Mexico.

KOB tried contacting Langley to see if they plan on applying for that tax incentive, but never heard back.