Their audience is rapidly increasing. Reality shows often generate negative publicity towards police officers. Reality based television shows create fear among the general public. People who tend to watch police based reality shows tend to be more violent than people who does not watch police based reality shows. According to Curry (2001), "Reality-based policing shows such as COPS also provide the public with a look at the life of a police officer as well as the TV show, Disorderly Conduct Video On Patrol ' '. Often these shows are not accurate portrayals, creating an image of policing that is more exciting and glamorous than it is in reality. Many of these shows focus on the patrol aspect of policing, misrepresenting the amount of teamwork that policing requires in solving crimes". These shows tend to depict officers as always been very busy while on duty. The TV show “Disorderly Conduct Video On Patrol”, however, shows more of the good cops catching criminals and how the job is actually done. It still shows more outrageous captions of high speed pursuits, car crashes, surveillance cameras, the use of stun guns, and drug busts according to TV.com, Spike TV Overview. In reality, not all of an officer’s duty time is spent in vehicle pursuits or investigating crimes; there are many other duties to fulfill. Some television reality shows, such as The First 48, focus on the detective work …show more content…
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