“With us two together, I like our odds any day of the week,” says police officer Greg Tucker from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department when talking about his police dog, Lord. The connection between a police officer and his or her K9 dog is like no other – and a new unscripted crime drama, True Blue K9, provides unprecedented, full access to the lives of these officers and their dogs, both at work and at home.
This show illuminates the human side of policing, providing a brutally honest look at the men and women who protect us and the personal challenges, struggles and fears they face. These officers are sons and daughters, husbands and wives and lovers, fathers and mothers, willing to reveal their vulnerable sides, one you seldom see. This unscripted true crime drama also captures the unique relationship between officers and the dogs they depend on in life and death situations.
Policing in the Community
K9 officers and their dogs play a unique role in protecting communities. These crime fighting teams are inseparable. They develop a rhythm, a cadence and familiarity that few of us will ever experience. Partners that literally rely on each other to survive in a society that has become increasingly dangerous. This drama gives you an honest perspective from the officers who are charged with keeping our communities safe. Some of those officers quite honestly find themselves questioning why they ever took that oath to serve. They find it demoralizing policing in a society that increasingly analyzes, scrutinizes and criticizes the action of law enforcement at every turn.
These are challenging issues to confront and True Blue K9 takes on the challenge.
Behind the Scenes of True Blue K9
This compelling show is a collaboration between Rob Tufano, former award winning television journalist and Communications Director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, and Brian White, Director of New Media at MediaZeus. “Both of us,” Brian says, “have a background in television and a storytelling nature. When it was confirmed that we could have full access to the officers, both at work and at home, we knew that we needed to capture the little-known personal side of policing. These officers have families they care deeply about, and their families care deeply about them, and it’s important to show that. These men and women are literally the living, breathing thin blue lines that keep us – and our families and communities – safe.
Tufano says” “We’re working hard to show the human side of policing. These men and women who serve have struggles, challenges and fears just like the rest of us. They laugh, cry and bleed the same as you and me. These aren’t uniformed robots protecting us, they’re people doing a job. True Blue captures the “people”side of the profession and gives you access like never before.”
Officers and Their Calling
These officers – who put their lives on the line to fulfill their calling to serve – have allowed us into their lives, and their names are:
Snapshot of the First Eight Months of 2017
In just five months, these canine officers have responded to 489 different deployments, each one coming with significant potential risk. Most of these involve tracking suspects who are fleeing the law, usually violent men and women wanted for robberies, shootings and murders – and these relentless canines have apprehended 61 suspects to date. In 2016, they tracked down 181 of them, with their police officer handlers never certain where their day’s journey would lead them – or how their day might end.
What will happen during the rest of the year and beyond? Nothing is certain when you’re a police officer, so we don’t know. But we do know that we will be there to capture crucial moments on video, and then share them with you.
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