TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - An agreement has been reached between the city of Tere Haute and the production company that operates Live PD. Big Fish Entertainment airs Live PD on the TV channel A&E.
It happened during a Thursday afternoon Board of Public Works meeting where the board approved the agreement. The show actually reached out to the Police Department in July. Chief Shawn Keen says the department's call volume was attractive to the show's producers.
When the proposal first came up back in July, Terre Haute Police Chief Shawn Keen was reportedly apprehensive. After talking with city officials and their legal team, they agreed there were more pros than cons. Chief Keen spoke with each police officer and not one of them had a negative comment about the potential agreement.
Three to five Terre Haute police officers will volunteer to have their 3 P.M. to 11 P.M. shift recorded. The show will air on Fridays and Saturdays from 9 P.M. to Midnight. The contract with the production company is one year and is effective immediately. It can be renewed, and it is up to them when they will start filming.
Police Chief Shawn Keen and Mayor Duke Bennett both see many benefits from this agreement. "I think this is definitely something positive for our community and the police department." Chief Keen said.
"Here will be a chance for us to showcase our police officers and our city in a way that they can actually see what happens when somebody goes out on a call." Mayor Bennett added.
Chief Keen highlighted three main areas that were considered during the decision to move ahead with this agreement. He first mentioned the area of recruiting police officers to Terre Haute. He spoke with other police departments involved with this show and they said they saw an increased number of qualified applicants.
Second, he mentioned giving the public an inside look at what they do. He also said it's simply about being transparent with the community. This was the biggest point for him. Mayor Duke Bennett also sees this as an opportunity to show off both the police department and the city as a whole.
"This is going to be a great opportunity to showcase our very professional police department but also the city in general," the Mayor said, "That we are responsive to community needs, we deal with crime to the best of our ability, and we're willing to show that to a national TV audience."
Officials say the company offers some money to the city depending on the amount of air-time, however, there is no cost to taxpayers.
Chief Keen and Mayor Bennett speaking to the approval of the agreement between Terre Haute and the production company Big Fish to air THPD on the show Live PD. pic.twitter.com/vfvTjqbOdI
— Dominic Miranda (@DominicWTHI) October 17, 2019