KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — In a last-minute change, “Cops” won’t be coming to Kalamazoo.
24 Hour News 8 learned Thursday morning that the city and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety had reached a deal with the TV show to follow Kalamazoo officers this summer.
But as word leaked out, city leaders said “many” community members expressed concerns about how residents could be portrayed on the show.
Because of the feedback, the city decided to cancel its agreement with “Cops.”
Kalamazoo City Manager Jim Ritsema released the following statement regarding the cancelation:
“Earlier this year, the City of Kalamazoo and the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety reached an agreement to allow the Cops television program to film along KDPS this summer. In making this agreement, we saw it as an opportunity to highlight the relationships between Public Safety and our community along with the exceptional work that the men and women of KDPS do every day. This was a unique opportunity to showcase the community-focus of the entire department.
Many members of our community have expressed concerns about how the people of Kalamazoo may be portrayed in this program. We understand that sometimes when people interact with KDPS it is while they are in distress or in extreme circumstances. Although we retained approval for all content that could be aired, we understand and respect the concerns that have been raised. Because of this, we have decided to cancel the agreement and will not be allowing the Cops program to film in Kalamazoo.
I appreciate the members of our community who have brought these concerns to our attention. As we strive to create a better city and a stronger community for everyone, I hope that you will continue to share your suggestions, experiences, and concerns.”