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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.
Police Shows
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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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TV Shows
Cops (stylized as COPS) is an American documentary /
reality legal series that follows police officers, constables,
sheriff's deputies, federal agents and state troopers during
patrols and other police activities including prostitution and
narcotics stings. It is one of the longest-running television
programs in the United States and, as of May 2011, the
longest-running show on Fox, following the cancellation of
America's Most Wanted after 23 years.
This is a list of police television programs. Dramas
involving police procedural work, and private detectives,
secret agents, and the justice system have been a
mainstay of broadcast television since the early days of
broadcasting. Shows that are not dramatic programming
are indicated (e.g. reality television, comedy or
comedy-drama).