‘Live PD’ to film in East Providence
By News Staff
EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) – The City of East Providence announced Wednesday that A&E’s “Live PD” will be joining East Providence Police officers in action.
“Live PD” showcases the policing of America, riding along with police departments from all over the country as officers patrol their communities. “Using dash cams along with fixed rig and handheld cameras,” the announcement reads, “the series captures the work of a varied mix of urban and rural police forces on a typical Friday and Saturday night.”
Warwick PD who joined the program last summer will be taking a break in the upcoming season.
“We have enjoyed being on Live PD way past our initial 16 week commitment,” Warwick PD said on their twitter Wednesday. “The support of the public and our community has been tremendous. We will be taking a little break, but look forward to being back soon.”
The show moving up to East Providence came together rather quickly, according to Chief William Nebus.
He said the mayor’s office was approached two weeks back, and after conversations with his officers, Nebus felt it could be a good move for the department to give residents an inside look at how things work.
“Showcase to the citizens of East Providence what our guys actually do, how hard they work, what we’re doing while they’re either sleeping or away from their home,” Nebus said.
The chief stresses that it all comes down to transparency.
“We’re not here to anger any of our residents or citizens, or embarrass them, or breach their confidentiality,” he said.
Seven officers from the department volunteered to be featured officers, including Officer Craig Sroka.
“People will be surprised about how much actually goes on in East Providence,” Sroka said. “This is the closest you’re going to get to a ride along.”
Officer Sroka wants residents to know that when he is on patrol, he will not be going out of his way to pull people over.
We’re not doing anything different. There’s no need to be nervous or anything of that nature,” he said. “We’re just going to go as a day to day operation.”
Officer Sroka said it all comes down to what the residents want in the end.
“We’ll see how the public takes it. It’ll be in their hands,” he said.
The broadcast coincides with a new department hiring initiative for new recruits beginning running through July, but Chief Nebus said it is a coincidence, and the recruitment had nothing to do with the department’s decision to sign on with the show.
“Live PD arrives just in time to showcase our agency and what we have to offer!” said a city spokesperson.
The first live broadcast from East Providence will air Friday, May 31, 2019 at 9 p.m. on A&E.
Officer Sroka will be a featured officer on Saturday night.
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