A&E Goes Inside Police Departments With Live Ride-Along Series

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In the midst of a heated and sometimes volitile debate over the policing of America, A&E Network will take viewers inside police departments as they patrol cities across the country.

"Live PD" will give viewers the opportunity to ride along with six different police departments, both rural and urban, in real-time. The episodes will air on a delay "due to the potential of capturing intense and possibly disturbing content," the network said in a statement.

The goal is to provide transparency of law enforcement, Rob Sharenow, exec VP and general manager of A&E and Lifetime said in a statement.

The show comes as video recordings repeatedly focus national attention on police shootings.

"'Live PD' will not only highlight the difficult work being done by our men and women in uniform as they go out into the streets never knowing what to expect, but also answers citizens' calls for clarity," Mr. Sharenow said.

In terms of the TV business, it also follows the thinking that live programming is best-suited to encourage live viewing, where commercials can't be skipped.

A&E will air eight two-hour installments of the series, which will be hosted by ABC's Dan Abrams and Dallas Police Department detectives Rich Emberlin and Kevin Jackson.

There will also be a live social media component.

"Live PD" will premiere on Oct. 28 at 9 p.m.

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