Warwick police chase man through woods during filming of A&E’s ‘Live PD’
Ready to roll.
Sgt. John Curley is among those who will be getting a close-up.
“Everyone that’s getting the opportunity to do it is excited about it, enthusiastic about it,” he told NBC 10 News.
Warwick is one of eight departments around the country being featured on Live PD.
The show bounces among various departments it is tailing, showing wherever action is unfolding.
Footage on Friday night’s episode included K-9 Viking and his handler K-9 Officer Aaron Steere, as well as Curley, as they chased a man through a neighborhood and the surrounding woods after attempting to serve him a warrant.
“I think it’s just like any other night, especially in today’s day and age,” Curley said. “You pretty much assume you’re being taped all the time anyway.”
Warwick will be part of the show Friday and Saturday nights for the next eight weeks.
“When they reached out to us, we thought it was a great opportunity to present the department and show all the hard work that officers do on a daily basis,” Capt. Ryan Sornberger said. "And being a fan of the show myself, I thought it would be great.”
When ask if he has any reservations about what could end up on TV when it’s live, Sornberger said no.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “We’re a pretty well-run department. We have faith in all of our officers.”
Sornberger will be monitoring from inside the station. He said the department has a few minutes to tell the show producers not to air something if sensitive material is filmed.
To him, it’s good PR during a time when he feels police are not always portrayed in a good light.
“I really want the public to see what a great job we do and how we represent the community and how we go out there and give 100 percent on every shift,” Sornberger said.
The department is getting reimbursed, essentially for any overtime costs.