Fairbanks greenlights reality TV show featuring city police
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Fairbanks officials have greenlighted a contract that could lead to a reality TV show highlighting the city’s police department.
The city council approved Mayor Jim Matherly’s request Monday to partner with Engle Entertainment on a show featuring people who moved to Alaska for careers in law enforcement, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported .
Matherly and Police Chief Eric Jewkes are hoping the TV program can aid the department’s recruitment efforts by increasing exposure to potential applicants.
“We can’t just be in the dark anymore. We have to sell our relevance and what we do and who we are — that’s just the nature of the game,” Jewkes said.
The only cost to Fairbanks will be the time staff work with producers on the project, according to the city resolution.
It notes “considerable staff time is already dedicated to recruitment efforts.”
Fairbanks Attorney Paul Ewers told council members that Jewkes would have final editorial control over the footage that gets used in episodes.
While it’s unknown if the project will bring more officers to the department, Jewkes said it might be time to try something new.
“Anything you do involves risk. Doing nothing does not work, doing what we’ve been doing does not work,” Jewkes said. “Doing something different involves risk.”
Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com