A cop in a helicopter says people look at Las Vegas as a place you can get rich quick whether through gambling or the rapid growth in the valley and when they get here and don't realize that dream that's where I encounter these people. (Theme song) North East Area Command - Officer Larry Burns says he moved there in 1980 to work construction, but he was also interested in police work since they didn't make a lot of money he didn't take it serious. After he spent his first night in a patrol car he knew that was the job for him, that he loves police work. (7:42 PM 911 Call Fight in Progress)/Drunk And Disorderly Call with Officer Dennis Magill/Strong Arm Robbery and Domestic Violence with Officers Thomas Fletcher and Joe Lombardo/Prostitution Sting with Lieutenant Bill Young and Officer Thomas Monihan (911 Call - Rape) Southeast Area Command - Tom calls in that a woman was raped and the operator asks when it happened. A few minutes ago, the girl is at his apartment, does she need an ambulance? No, he's putting ice packs on her head, she's hysterical. Keep her there. Officer Jack Clark goes to the house and Tom answers. He talks to Kelly, she has her head in lap crying and mumbling. Where did it happen, here? No. She knows the guy, he's in his 40s, 50s. She was trying to sleep and this guy came over and tried to stick his fingers in her. Tom's seen him by the Jacuzzi, talked to him, doesn't really know him. They go around the corner, upstairs to the apartment where the guy lives. There are two guys sitting at the kitchen table under a huge American flag. There's a shirtless bearded man climbing out the window and Jack pulls his gun and says give me a reason. He comes back in and Jack asks him if he's Phil. He says no, he's sleeping. They pull back the covers and Phil is in bed in his underwear. He doesn't want to get up, wants to know what's wrong so Jack jumps him and puts his knee on his back and cuffs him. He pulls him up and the man says easy. Officer Peter Rubini talks to John Christian. They don't know what's going on. He says Kelly was raped. She's been there for two days and was passed out in the bed stark naked. The old guy went in there and laid down, they had a party, but he didn't rape her. He didn't do anything wrong, then she got up screaming. They take him out and say the problem is when they go to the jury it becomes a moral question instead of a legal question. Did he force himself on her? The evidence shows him that he did. Laughlin, NV (5:4 PM Child Neglect Complaint) Substation - Officer John Sias goes out to his truck and says it is a boomtown. When he arrived 6 years ago there were only 92 people living there, now there are 4500. On New Year's Eve they had 70,000 people there. Their problem is having a lot of transients. It's known as a boomtown so it draws a lot of people. He's going to check on kids living in a trailer in unsanitary conditions. He goes into a casino and asks for Jimbo or Jenny. They aren't sure if they are working. The kids are living in a trailer in the parking lot. The manager tried to look inside, but there's a big dog tied to it. He drives them to the lot and there's tons of trailers. He talks to the guy inside about the complaint and asks if there's anyone else there, he's not the father. John looks around, says it's not safe and is unsanitary. He has to take them to Child Haven. He tells the girl he's taking her there, it's a nice place with toys, she'll have to stay two days and be out Monday. Do you have a special toy you want to bring? Yes, what about your brother Cordell? Can you explain it to him? You are being a big girl, I need your help. He thanks the guy and he says to go before he's not so cooperative. John says he better remain that way. The manager says he wants them out of there by tomorrow. They find out Bobbie, the mother, works in the casino as a dealer and they go to talk to her. She says she's fine. John explains what happened and all she says is really, someone complained? He says it's a mess, no fridge, no food, the bathroom stank and didn't work plus the children weren't clean. She says they hadn't had a bath today. He's taking the kids, they'll be in the kids care, not the detention side. Something has to be done. She'll send them to her mom's house in California. She isn't concerned at all. He understands she's working on it, but he can't leave them there. Las Vegas (6:33 PM Strong Arm Robbery) Northeast Area Command - Officer Joseph Lombardo says downtown has a variety of everything from street pushers, whores, transients, homeless and vagrants. You see them on TV and feel sorry for them, but an old guy is taking purses from old ladies, knocking them down, hurting them. He gives chase after a man was yelling for help. He catches the guy for robbing a blind man. They know Mike, they've arrested him before. Mike says you love me then. He checks him and says to go get the guy with the cane on the corner. He's lying because he must be running for some reason. He cuffs him and he can barely get up. They bring the old man he robbed who says he took a whole lot of money from him, $6 or $7. Officer Thomas Fletcher gives him the money back and asks what happened. He was walking on Freemont Street and Mike reached in his pocket and took his money. He has polio, couldn't chase him, told him to stop and is always in fear of his life. He'll go to jail as long as he agrees to testify. It's a worse crime, a larceny if he's in fear. Mike specializes in victims, he watches and waits for them, preys on them. They take him to jail, before it was just petty and loitering, now it's a felony, he'll spend time in jail. (11:01 PM Communication Center) a woman takes a 911 call about a runaway car traveling in circles in the Mirage parking lot. They don't know where the driver is. They pull up and someone suggests shooting out the tires. Cops say no. It's an old blue car with a white hard top. People want to jump in, but they say to stay back. They ask for a large semi truck to block it. They talk to the woman owner who agrees they can break the window. Officer Dennis Magill runs over, whacks it with the nightstick on the passenger side and jumps in and stops it. The crowd cheers and he gives high fives. They say it was a wise decision, $50 to replace the window instead of smashing it with the trailer. They are all happy about it and he goes back and helps clean the glass out. He asks her how did it happen? It slipped out of park, she didn't have it all the way in, got out and left it running, it hit the trailer and went around in circles. He doesn't know how it happened, but nobody got hurt.
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.