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By Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Suspects caught on tape. Too violent for kids.

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Too violent for kids and teens, I think this show should be for mature audiences. There is too much drugs and alcohol Plus sometimes the criminals fight back This deserves an 18+ rating

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (9 ):
Kids say (25 ):

Much of the show's appeal comes from getting a peek into the daily life of a police officer. However, the glimpse we're given isn't appropriate for kids. The calls that are chosen for each episode are selected for their shock value, and it's hard not to be shocked by much of the footage: drunken brawls, domestic arguments, and armed criminals that fight back. Also, at times it seems that both the suspects and the officers are performing for the cameras, so it's hard to tell how "real" these scenes are.

Crime scenes can be bloody, and suspects and officers often get seriously injured. A recent episode, for example, featured an armed suspect on the run, a bloody trailer-park brawl, and a domestic violence call. Unless your teen is considering a career in law enforcement, there doesn't seem to be much reason to expose your kids to this show.

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