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Trinity 9-1-1 filming ends for Season 1
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TRINITY – With the first show now set to air sometime in November, filming of the first 10-episode season for Trinity 9-1-1 came to an end this week. Trinity Police Chief Steve Jones said the production crew was scheduled to finish on Wednesday, Oct. 3, although they could return to film “pick ups” at later dates. Pick ups are brief shots used as transitions or fillers showing officers walking or driving. Produced by Endermol USA, the reality series features members of the Trinity Police Department (TPD) at work and play. In addition to featuring the regular police activities, the first season will include activities such as a police wrestling match and the Tase-A-Cop fundraiser held Saturday during the Trinity Community Fair. The series also will show the officers at home with their families and their interaction with their fellow officers. Country Music Television (CMT) has ordered 10 episodes and local Endermol representatives have indicated the network now plans to begin airing the series in November. “Overall, this has been a very positive experience,” Jones said. “Almost from the moment the members of the production crew arrived, they become our friends and we’ve enjoyed having them around.” Jones noted that having the film crew around has generated an unexpected benefit. The crime rate has dropped. “When we traveled around in our patrol cars, we were followed by the film crew in at least two SUVs. When we would drive into areas where we normally see a lot of crime and drug activity, people would run and hide. They didn’t want to be caught on camera. “It was like someone turning on the lights and seeing the bugs scatter,” Jones said. While the production company may have left town on Wednesday, Jones said local officers are still able to provide them with footage should they need it. Endermol was able to find TPD funding to purchase new digital mobile camera system that has been installed in their patrol vehicles. Jones said the new camera system will provide high quality images of police stops that will be used as evidence in future court cases.