A place in history for TV show 'Dragnet'

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The television series "Dragnet," which first aired more than 50 years ago, ensured the Los Angeles Police Department's place in Hollywood lore.

Now the department is helping return the favor by hosting an event Tuesday at the Police Academy in Elysian Park to commemorate the release of a "Dragnet" postage stamp, authorities said.

A program will include the widow of actor Jack Webb, who played LAPD Sgt. Joe Friday; actor Harry Morgan, who played Friday's partner; and LAPD Chief William J. Bratton.

Also Tuesday, there will be a separate ceremony to celebrate the release of stamps commemorating 20 early television shows, including "Dragnet," at the Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in North Hollywood. Participants include Carl Reiner and Arthur Marx.

Rich Thompson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said it probably will not rain Tuesday.

Those are just the facts, ma'am.

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