The LAPD worked closely with the television series, which some called a public relations machine for the department.
Staff writer Don Page wrote in the March 10, 1967 Los Angeles Times:
“Just getting the facts, ma’am,” have become a punctuation for every parody of television’s Dragnet–and they have been interminable.
People are more familiar with Jack Webb’s relentless, monotoned investigations than they are with actual police procedure. And Webb’s Sgt. Joe Friday is better known in communities everywhere that his real life counterparts.
But the LAPD doesn’t mind a bit.
The department considers Dragnet as an accurate...