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Des Moines Police Admit Risk Involved for ‘COPS’ Crew Members

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DES MOINES, Iowa - A crew with the "COPS” TV show has also been filming here in Des Moines all summer. It’s the fourth time the show has visited the city and no crew members have ever been injured in that time frame.

On Tuesday night, 38-year-old Bryce Dion, was fatally shot at the scene of a robbery in Omaha, Nebraska. The departments say the crew members are given bulletproof vests and are allowed to follow closely behind officers.

“It is pretty risky, they know that when they come into it,” says Sgt. Jason Halifax. “They take what measure they can but some they can’t avoid.”

The city requires the TV show to sign a contract stating the city is not responsible for injury or loss. The exception to the rule is if the police department is considered to be negligent.

Halifax says the incident in Omaha could likely spur a discussion on whether or not to have the TV show film in Des Moines again.

“It’s an open discussion about the pros and cons of having them and a decision is made from there whether were going to take it to the city council or not. Every time they come we do that. I suspect if they want to come back to Des Moines at some point in the future this will come up.”

The film crew in Des Moines is expected to stay in town until mid-September.


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