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Pinal County Sheriff's Office Featured On A&E's 'Live PD'
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office will be a regular feature on the small screen this fall.
The A&E reality show "Live PD" takes viewers into law enforcement agencies around the country. Southeastern Arizona made its debut last week as part of its new season.
“This isn't for any glory,” said Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb when presenting the filming agreement to the county board of supervisors. “It’s an effort to be transparent in how we do our job.”
Lamb said there is no monetary cost the county, and officers can decline to participate in the filming.
While the show is pitched as “live,” the filming agreement states there is a time delay to allow for sensitive material to be removed or blurred.
Pinal County Supervisor Pete Rios raised concerns the Sheriff’s Office had not contacted the Pinal County Deputies Association.
“My comfort level isn’t where it should be to support this yet,” Rios said. His motion to delay the vote a week for more investigation failed. Rios was the lone no vote against approving the filming agreement.
Lamb also said he hoped the show would advertise his office to potential officers.
“Now we’re opening ourselves to be able to recruit nationwide for quality law enforcement officers that are willing to come out and make a change,” Lamb said.
The filming agreement lasts through September 2018. New episodes of "Live PD" air on A&E Friday and Saturdays at 9 p.m.