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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||158 aired, 1 cancelled (list of episodes)|
|Production company(s)||Big Fish Entertainment|
|Original release||October 28, 2016– present|
Live PD is an American television program on the A&E Network. It follows police officers in the course of their nighttime patrols live, broadcasting select encounters with the public. The show is hosted by Dan Abrams with analysis provided by Tom Morris Jr. and Sgt. Sean "Sticks" Larkin.
The program premiered on October 28, 2016, with an initial order from A&E for eight two-hour episodes. On February 1, 2017, A&E announced that the season would be expanded to 21 episodes. The first season concluded on August 19, 2017, with the second season premiering on October 6, 2017. The second season concluded on August 25, 2018, with the third season premiering on September 21, 2018. In September 2018 A&E announced the series had been renewed for an additional 150 episodes, to run through 2019.
Live PD is hosted by Dan Abrams, the chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News. The program features live video feeds from multiple (currently eight) law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.
Abrams is joined in-studio by two co-analysts: former Washington, D.C. special police officer and crime reporter Tom Morris Jr. and Sgt. Sean "Sticks" Larkin of the Tulsa PD Gang Unit. Occasionally, the trio are joined by an officer that has been featured on the show in the field.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||62||October 28, 2016||August 19, 2017|
|2||82||October 6, 2017||August 25, 2018|
|3||TBA||September 21, 2018||TBA|
Due to the nature of live television, Live PD has captured incidents that may not have been aired on a traditional law enforcement program. One such event that received coverage was Bridgeport Police Department Sergeant Chris Robinson breaking down on camera after learning 13-month-old Michael Citron, suffering from an adverse reaction to antihistamine medication, had died following Robinson escorting an ambulance carrying the child to a local hospital.
A second event, involving a Tulsa, Oklahoma, man named Randy Wallace, featured Wallace accusing Sgt. Sean "Sticks" Larkin of "profiling" and "stalking." Larkin had approached Wallace, inquiring what Wallace had in his open trunk while noting that Wallace's attire was consistent with gang colors worn in the neighborhood. On Live PD, Wallace was seen giving an impassioned denunciation of Larkin and the Tulsa Police Department as Larkin remained seated in his patrol vehicle. Speaking at a press conference, Wallace alleged, "he slandered me as far as being a gang member and affiliate, he slandered me really bad."
In another incident, a family claimed to have recognized their loved one, 37-year-old Benjamin Johnson, deceased on television after what the Richland County Sheriff's Department said was a drug deal gone wrong. Two men were arrested in the case.
In an incident on a July 8, 2017 episode, Senior Deputy Chris Mastrianni was called to a fight in progress at a large house party when a car leaving the party went right past him going about 90 mph. S/D Mastrianni initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, which then proceeded to evade him for several minutes. The car then turned a corner before jumping a curb, hitting a power pole's support wire and rolling over. The driver then crawled out the window of his vehicle with his 2-year-old daughter in his arms, and began fighting with S/D Mastrianni. The man released his child, who was taken to safety by the Live PD field producer. After several minutes, Cpl. Mark Laureano and S/D Katelyn Jasak arrived on scene and aided S/D Mastrianni in handcuffing and arresting the man, as well as pushing back the rapidly growing crowd of bystanders. The toddler received a broken arm in the incident.
On February 23, 2018, the show's hosts reveal that Live PD's Wanted segment put so much pressure on the young man wanted for murder that had been featured the week before, he turned himself in. When the episode aired, the young man was stated to be facing charges of murder and grand theft auto and awaiting extradition back to Florida.
On April 28, 2018, a clip was shown of an incident in Greene County, Missouri that had happened 10 days earlier. After a car chase, a pursuit on foot was initiated. After the suspect refused to drop his weapon, he was fatally shot.
On September 21, 2018, the show revealed to the audience that Deputy Aaron P. Roberts, 35, of the Greene County Sheriff's Office, Missouri, one of the deputies followed on the show, was killed in the line of duty on September 7, 2018 when his patrol car was washed away in a flash flood.
On September 29, 2018, the show ended when time ran out on a chaotic scene involving a man stabbed in the neck after supposedly assaulting a woman. During the next show on October 5, 2018, viewers were shown the footage recorded by Live PD's cameras of the resolution of the situation which involved the man being the victim and the woman the aggressor instead of the other way around as was initially believed.
On November 10, 2018, during the show's Wanted segment it's revealed that with the help of Live PD viewers, Richland County, South Carolina officers captured the three men who committed a murder that was investigated during the October 26, 2018 episode of Live PD. Additionally, the episode's Wanted segment featured men wanted for a carjacking that appeared during the November 2, 2018 episode.
In order to deliver live footage from the field to A&E's master control in New York City, the production team uses AVIWEST bonded cellular transmitters, receivers, and antenna arrays, provided by VidOvation Corp., mounted on the trunk lid of the patrol cars capable of channel bonding on cellular networks. This allows far more mobility while also at a decreased production cost than would be possible using traditional satellite or microwave transmission technologies.
A few other associated programs have aired, including:
- Live PD: Rewind: A previous episode of Live PD that has been edited down to about one hour
- Live PD: Police Patrol: A half-hour, unhosted format that shows unaired footage and highlights from previous episodes This series is currently in its second season.
- Live PD: Roll Call: A six-minute preview that airs an hour before that night's episode, includes that night's lineup of departments and officers and a previously unaired clip
- Live PD Presents: Women On Patrol: A program depicting policing activities, focusing on the female members of law enforcement's perspective.
- Live PD Presents: PD Cam: Features events captured by police body, dash, helicopter and associated surveillance cameras. Hosted by Sean 'Sticks' Larkin. Episodes run a half-hour each. This series is now in its second season.
- PD Stories Podcast: A one hour podcast hosted by Tom Morris Jr. The show revolves around interviewing members of law enforcement and personnel from associated organizations.
Beginning on Sunday, October 21, 2018, episodes of Live PD: Police Patrol began airing in two hour blocks on Sunday afternoons from 3PM EST to 5PM EST on The CW network. Sometimes episodes of Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol also aired during these times on The CW under the title Live PD: Police Patrol.
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