The long-awaited episode of the ‘COPS’ television show that was filmed in Chelsea will air this Saturday night on Spike TV at 8 p.m.
Film crews followed Chelsea Police officers for several weeks last summer filming the ins and outs of being a police officer in the City. They also filmed some footage in Revere and Lynn as well. The episode is titled ‘One in the Bush.’
A synopsis of the show is as follows: “An offender placed in cuffs tries to rewrite the rules; an unlicensed driver speeds away from a checkpoint; officers seek the truth from two evasive suspects.”
The show was welcomed to the city warmly by most officers, and crews actually were instrumental in an incident at a Broadway bar last summer where a man bit off the finger of a passer-by below the knuckle. A cameraman for the show actually found the man’s finger on the street, and was able to direct medical personnel to the missing digit – which was retrieved and an attempt was made to reattach the finger.
That situation was one of many that will likely be featured on the show, where Chelsea Police are shown in a very good light doing their job professionally, Chief Brian Kyes said.
“We were very excited and honored to learn that the Spike TV COPS Show was interested in filming here in Chelsea based on the positive reputation that our police department enjoys in local law enforcement circles around that state,” he said. “We looked at this as an opportunity to showcase the hard work and diligent efforts that our personnel exhibit on a daily basis as they take to the streets to keep our residents safe. The crew was extremely impressed with the professionalism displayed by all of our Officer
s and Supervisors that they had occasion to work with during their month or so here in Chelsea. Certainly being a duly sworn Police Officer in a thickly settled urban inner city environment like Chelsea has its occasional challenges, but to perform at extremely high levels despite these obstacles speaks volumes of the caliber of Officers that the City is lucky to have as their ‘agents of protection.’”
COPS is the longest-running reality television show on TV, having debuted on the Fox in 1989.
It is now in its 28th season on television – having moved to Spike TV recently.