Bernalillo County commissioners oppose reality show's presence

Updated: 02/15/2014 10:50 PM | Created: 02/15/2014 10:11 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

If you wanted to see the hit TV show “COPS” in Albuquerque, a simple internet search would get you there.

Years ago—“COPS” was given the message that they are not invited to film with the Albuquerque Police Department.

But, there is another law enforcement agency in the metro area that has opened their arms to the controversial show.

The shows are now YouTube hits and APD was filmed often.

But some thought it made our city look tacky.

The mayor at the time, Martin Chavez, let “COPS” know that showing some scenes to the world made Albuquerque look silly.

For years, “COPS” has not been in the metro area…until now.

Sheriff Dan Houston confirmed that he is allowing “COPS” to ride along with Bernalillo County Deputies.

"It does not give a perception for the city,” Bernalillo County Commissioner Debby O’Malley said. "It doesn't promote the city or county in any way.”

“Inviting “COPS” to come back to Albuquerque and Bernalillo County is like a big huge national negative media buy,” Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins said.

County commissioners oppose the show’s filming and have written a letter to the sheriff asking him to change his mind.

They worry future business leaders may watch the show and get the wrong impression.

"Sending a national negative message about Bernalillo County makes it hard to recruit tourists, makes it hard to recruit new businesses to this community," Hart Stebbins said.

Some scenes have become online legends.

Legends the county leaders do not think represent the entire Albuquerque picture.

Sheriff Dan Houston would not go on camera with KOB Eyewitness News 4, but in a statement he said he believes the show will showcase his hardworking deputies.

Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry said he would not invite “COPS” to ride along with APD because he is looking for ways to showcase all the good our city has to offer. 

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