After a year on hiatus, the Glendale Police Department's live call-in
television show is scheduled to return at the end of the summer,
taking viewers behind the scenes of local crime fighting.
The show, formerly called "G COPS," was scheduled to return at 7
p.m. to Charter Communications Channel 6 beginning Aug. 5, but
because of a delay in the availability of new telephone lines at the
recently completed Glendale Police Department headquarters, the
show's return will be put off until September.
The show will return under a new moniker, "Behind the Badge."
A new episode will air every other month, and each episode will be
rebroadcast periodically, Community Service Officer Sherri Servillo
said. Servillo will host the show.
The first show will include an interview with Glendale Police
Chief Randy Adams.
"We wanted to formally introduce him to the community, and allow
him to talk about our new police building and our 2004-05 budget,"
Adams, the former chief of police in Simi Valley, replaced former
Chief Russell Siverling, and was appointed as Glendale's police chief
in December 2002.
The city dedicated the new police station, which is across the
street from the old station at 141 N. Isabel St., in March. Police
moved into the new facility May 29.
The City Council voted 5-0 earlier this month to spend about $1.5
million in reserve funds to hire 25 more officers and 11 more
support staff this fiscal year. Those changes will allow the Glendale
Police Department to beef up its presence in the community, Glendale
Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
"Normally, when a problem comes up, you dispatch officers, they
handle it and they drive away," Lorenz said. "But community policing
is more about identifying solutions to continuing problems.
"Community policing includes having community meetings and
educational programs for local students," he said. "These are things
we have not seen in a few years, because we have not had the
manpower. People in the community want to talk to officers. And
during budget cuts, what do you cut out? The community meetings or
having officers to send to emergency calls."
"G COPS" began airing in 1998, and was considered the channel's
most-watched show in 2001, according to viewer polls.
For broadcast times for "Behind the Badge," after the show begins
airing, check the schedule on the city's website at