(Santa Ana, CA - 9:15 PM Robbery in Progress) Officer Chuck Elms was born and raised there, went away to school and came back with the intentions of being a cop. It's good to be back where he grew up. The call is for backup at a KFC restaurant. A witness says he was at the drive thru getting his drinks and saw a Hispanic man inside with a gun. They go inside and watch the surveillance tape of a guy in a blue shirt holding a gun and another guy in a white shirt with black gloves hopping the counter and empting the register. Someone got the license plate, but it turns out to be stolen. It is the third robbery they committed. They go to a donut shop that they robbed next. A shot was fired and it went through the kitchen. They check the tape and it's the same guys robbing the register. They get a call that one is caught and the other is being chased on foot. Sgt. Mark Strouhan is heading up the search with dozens of cops around. Officer David Schwacher caught one and Sgt. Ernie Conde caught the other. It turns out there were three of them, one is a third strike parolee. The guy in blue turns in the gun and a bulletproof vest. One got away, but was ID'd. Little Rock, AR (3:20 PM Street Patrol) Officer Tim Stankevitz always wanted to be a cop and got hired at 27, a late start. He loves it, it's a good bunch of people, enjoys working the streets and it gets exciting. A man calls about a problem with homeless people camping out at his building. A black man with a "Called in sick" t-shirt says the man in the blue shirt has a gun. They go around behind the building and find the guy. He is holding the gun and won't drop it. He finally drops it, but won't listen and is pulled down hard and cuffed. Another guy shows up and Officer Ryan Hudson takes him down. The man called 8 Ball keeps saying he should've killed the other guy, talks nonsense, the guy beat him with a 2x4 and he was going to take care of him. He's mad at himself for not killing him, it would've been less trouble and he should've killed him. He beat him over a $2 rock of coke and says if the cops didn't come he would've killed him. He thought he was going back home to jail. The other guy says he doesn't even know the guy, he must think he's someone else. He's been arrested for drugs in 1997 though. The gun is a .22 and has 2 bullets. Officer Joe Miller checks it out and says it looks like it misfired. San Bernardino, CA (7:01 PM Shooting Call) Sheriff's Dept - Officer Mike Martinez says a good day is taking a couple hardcore criminals off the street and going home at night. Officer Joe Silva says a man shot himself by mistake, but it might've been a gun battle. They go around back with a helicopter is overhead. They cut the lock on the fence, come up to the house and there is blood all the way up the front. There is a crusty old biker on the floor bleeding from a bullet wound on his leg who says a guy came after him for money and he pulled his .44 Magnum to get rid of him and it went off. Sgt. Ernie Kopasz checks the gun. Greg threw a trailer ball at him. They find him and he's bald with a big bloody bruise under his eye. Deputy John Walker questions him and he says he was hit by a steel bar, ran out after the gun went off and locked the gate on the way out, but his son says no. He says he might've hopped the fence. They were in business together and he owed him $1,000 and he came to collect. They are both charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
Called the original reality show, Cops is a gritty and unfiltered look at the seamier parts of our society as seen through the eyes of the men and women who struggle to keep the peace.
Since 1989, camera crews have traveled across the nation and into other countries providing an intimate look at police officers and the nuts and bolts of their day-to-day work.
Cops uses a modern adaptation of cin... ma v... rit?, a French documentary style of film making from the early 1920s, where life is shot as it happens, without script, narration or interference. Here, the police officer is narrator, guiding you through the shift and what happens within it, using his or her own words.