San Juan County Sheriff's Office to be featured on "Live PD: Wanted"
Footage could start showing up on Oct. 24 episode
FARMINGTON — Members of the San Juan County Sheriff's Office will soon be gracing TV screens nationwide as a spin off of "Live PD" has been filming across the county this month.
The local law enforcement agency is one of several departments taking part in the new television series "Live PD: Wanted" from the A&E Network, which airs at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Thursdays, according to Sheriff's Office Spokesperson Jayme Harcrow.
Production company Big Fish Entertainment, who also produces "Live PD," has stayed in contact with the agency in the last few years regarding different opportunities and other television pilots, Harcrow said.
The new show is a sister show of "Live PD," a documentary series where live cameras document the work of law enforcement agencies nationwide.
"Live PD: Wanted" focuses on embedding with multiple law enforcement agencies as they serve and execute warrants, including search and arrest warrants. It also follows-up on cases that were documented on "Live PD."
The idea of the new show was mentioned about a year ago to the Sheriff's Office and the agency was contacted about two months ago with the idea of filming as soon as possible.
Sheriff's Office officials spoke to other law enforcement agencies which worked on "Live PD" and every agency had positive things to say about the show's impact, Harcrow said.
"Our Sheriff believed it was a good way to connect with the community and give a realistic perspective of day-to day-life of deputies and the things we deal with," Harcrow said.
The agency believes citizens can learn how deputies handle cases, including serving search warrants to collect evidence for a case.
One of the cases crews filmed recently for an investigation regarding alleged child pornography.
Harcrow said on Oct. 17 that filming started the previous week and believed footage shot locally could potentially be screened during the Oct. 24 episode.
Since the show is pre-recorded, the Sheriff's Office has an opportunity to review footage and approve it before it airs on television.
The camera crew also keeps track of any potential privacy rights as the crew requests consent to film on private property or residences of people involved in the investigation.
Harcrow said they work to focus on public information regarding arrests and warrants to avoid privacy issues.
The camera crews are set for a four-week shoot but that could be extended to 12 weeks, according to Harcrow.
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