The reality of reality police television shows is that police
don't get paid for their appearances and such shows help
build ''public trust and confidence'', a spokeswoman says.
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Figures released to the Otago Daily Times reveal
police officers were involved in 91 separate television
programmes between 2009 and 2014.
Those shows include Police Ten 7 (240 episodes),
Dog Squad (93), Motorway Patrol (60 episodes),
Road Cops (45 episodes) and Water Patrol (39
And more are likely.
Police public affairs deputy chief executive Karen Jones said
''many programmes have traditionally used an inform, educate
and entertain principle''.
''However, police are increasingly working with production
companies to illustrate today's modern policing environment
with our prevention and victim-centric focus.''
Shows for 2014 include Nabbed (10 episodes), Women
in Blue (eight episodes), Coastwatch (six
episodes) and two television movies Project L (based
on the autobiography of Louise Nicholas) and Operation
Venus and Mars (investigation into an arson and attack on
a Palmerston North detective.
The docudrama Erebus: Operation Overdue screened on
Police received many proposals from production companies but
not all were accepted, she said.
Programmes accepted were assessed to see of they assisted
police in achieving a strategic objective, such as crime and
crash reduction, and ''if they added to public confidence in
''There is considerable public trust and confidence value
from being involved in police-related reality TV programming.
''Although much of the fly-on-the-wall observational style of
programming is entertainment-oriented, the programmes do
raise awareness about the police role, the work officers
undertake and social issues which impact on communities,'' Ms
She confirmed no payments had been made to New Zealand Police
for their participation in the shows.
Some shows, such as Police Ten 7 helped police solve
crime, while those focused on road policing helped
''encourage behavioural change''.
''New Zealand Police is continually assessing our involvement
in reality television, and the opportunities it can