If you’ve ever wanted to be on a reality TV show, you now have a chance in Boise: “COPS” is coming to town.
All you have to do is get arrested. I am not endorsing this route to stardom, but just know that producers of the long-running Fox television show are going to be following Boise police officers with video cameras for the next eight weeks. That’s like the longest casting call of all time!
In an article in the Idaho Statesman, Boise Police Chief Mike Masterson said “COPS” producers contacted the BPD earlier this year about hosting the show. Masterson decided the idea was a go after he talked to other police departments that the show filmed, telling the Statesman that he heard the “experiences have been generally good for both department and communities.”
Sure, the police will be seen as peacekeepers. But good for the community? My experience with the show is that the cops on video don’t pull over the most respectable figures. It will not, I suspect, portray Boiseans as the creative, classy, drug-free people that we are. But I agree, as a community member, that it will be good for me to see which of my neighbors are extra-crappy drunk drivers.
The article also notes that it will be business as usual for the BPD but that the show has two two-man crews in Boise that will hit the streets primarily with patrol officers for eight-hour shifts.
It could be day or night shifts. So if you are determined to make it on TV, remember to wear heavy stage makeup, because just a wink of mascara and a little gloss don’t show up on camera. And with two months of taping to be done, make sure your crime is good enough for the final cut; you don’t want to get arrested for naught.