The Untouchables (1959 TV series) (USA,
1959-1963) - The Untouchables is the name of
a television series that ran from 1959 to 1963
on the American Broadcasting Company.
Based on the memoir of the same name by
Eliot Ness and Oscar Fraley, it fictionalized the
experiences of Eliot Ness, a real-life Prohibition
Agent, as he fought crime in Chicago in the
1930s with the help of a special team of agents
handpicked for their courage & incorruptibility,
nicknamed the Untouchables. It was remade
into a 1987 film by Brian De Palma also called
The Untouchables, with a script by David
Mamet.
The Untouchables (1993 TV series) (USA,
1993-1994) - Broadcast in syndication for two
seasons (1993–94), the series postulated that
after being irritated by a loud party hosted by
Capone, the President of the United States
orders that the U.S. federal government mount
an all-out campaign, led by Eliot Ness.  As in
the 1987 film version of The Untouchables,
Ness is depicted as an agent of the Treasury
Department, though, in real life, at the time of
the Capone investigation, the Bureau of
Prohibition, Ness's employer, was part of the
Department of Justice.
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Workplace Relationships
Police television dramas also include the
romantic relationships that occur on the
job.  This occurrence isn’t unusual in any
profession or occupation.  It’s been
going on forever.  However, in today’s
environment, the romantic involvement
between two police officers could easily
cause a third police officer to file a sexual
harassment complaint alleging a hostile
work environment.

Police work is unique.  For example, two
romantically involved police officers
working in the same squad could cause
one or the other to act hastily if one
perceives the other to be in danger.  
When I was a patrol officer, an officer
who worked in the district carried a
second radio to monitor the adjoining
district so he could respond to calls
assigned to his romantic interest.
Filmed entirely on location in New York,
the realistic program looks at crime and
justice from a dual perspective. In the
first half-hour, Detective Cyrus Lupo
(Jeremy Sisto) and his new partner,
Detective Kevin Bernard (Anthony
Anderson), investigate crimes and
apprehend suspects under the
supervision of their precinct lieutenant,
Anita Van Buren (S. Epatha Merkerson).
In the second half-hour, the focus shifts
to the criminal courts as Chief Assistant
District Attorney Michael Cutter (Linus
Roache) and the Executive Assistant
District Attorney Connie Rubirosa (Alana
De La Garza) work within a complicated
justice system to prosecute the accused
under the guidance of the newly
appointed District Attorney Jack McCoy
(Sam Waterston). Some cases may be
simple, but most are multi-faceted. The
investigations are challenging,
prosecutions are complicated, and
decisions about legal procedures and
plea-bargaining are vexing. In the
arduous and complex process of
determining guilt and innocence, lives
often hang in the balance.
Police Shows
Police Television Shows
Past and Present
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by Barry M. Baker
Generally, romantic relationships used to
be of little or no interest to the police
organization.  Times do change, and
today you’ll probably be required to
report the development of such a
relationship to your supervisor.  Failure
to make such a report could result in
disciplinary action up to and including
termination of your employment.

If you should find yourself in a romantic
relationship with a coworker, just follow
the rules that are in place.  Most
importantly, keep any issues involving
the relationship at home and out of the
workplace.

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