FORT MYERS, Fla. — The long-running TV show “Cops” was approved by City Council on Tuesday to film with the Fort Myers Police Department.
The show has partnered with FMPD multiple times in the past, most recently in May 2015.
But the council’s decision didn’t come without some resistance.
Mayor Randy Henderson had reservations about whether the popular show would be good for the city’s image.
“Would such a measure create a problem for us in fouling up an investigation?” he asked.
However, FMPD Chief Derrick Diggs believes the show would be good for transparency and recruiting new police candidates.
“What better way to recruit fine outstanding young citizens to come to this police department and wear the Fort Myers blue,” Chief Diggs said.
Improving ties between the force and city residents has been a key issue with Diggs, who took over in August. He began a series of community forums and credited a new gang-suppression unit that gathers intelligence from residents for preventing “probably about five mass shooting incidents” over a two-month span.
It comes in the wake of the Club Blu mass shooting in July that left two dead and 18 others injured, and the October 2015 Zombicon shooting that killed one and hurt five more. Both are among several unsolved crimes that have taken in the city place since “Cops” last filmed here.
A decision hasn’t been made on when the show will air.