Police Women of Broward County

 
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Real women, real police work -- really raw.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show highlights cops fighting the good fight -- even if the fight is rather raw. All of the officers talk about how they want to help people and serve them by taking "bad guys" off the street.

Positive role models

The women swear, and they can get rough when they're taking criminals down. But they're also devoted wives and mothers intent on taking care of their families and doing the right thing. As women operating in a traditionally male world, they talk about how they bring their gifts as women to the job.

Violence

This is the real world of police work. Expect to see the bloody aftermath of violence (for example, a man who has been beaten up). Officers draw their guns in dangerous situations (such as entering a crack house), and they do get physical when taking down suspects.

Sex

While there's no actual sexual activity, a police officer does pose as a prostitute in a sting operation, and there's some sex talk (although no graphic descriptions).

Language

Lots of bleeped language (and sometimes you can tell what's beeing bleeped out). Other words include "boobs" and "whore," as well as body-part terms like "vagina" (used in a clinical description).

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Two of the officers are on drug deterrence duty and have interactions with many drug addicts and dealers. Others encounter suspects who are drinking heavily. Some social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reality series showcases real-life police work, which is often raw, very dangerous, and filled with angry people, some of whom are the police officers themselves (although the women featured in the show don't engage in any inappropriate behavior). Expect some bleeped language, tense/violent scenes, and rough talk. The show is a good pick for parents to watch with kids who want to be cops when they grow up -- and it could also serve as a cautionary tale for those inclined toward trouble.

What's the story?

In POLICE WOMEN OF BROWARD COUNTY, TLC's cameras are on board for the ultimate ride-along. Crews tag along with the female officers of Florida's Broward County Sheriff's Department as they settle disputes, take down drug dealers, and serve as decoys for prostitution stings -- in between taking calls from their kids.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Whether you like the show or not will depend on how much you like reality cop shows. The storytelling is good, if not overwhelmingly exciting. And the voices of the women are distinct -- it's hard not to get caught up in their stories and feel a lot of sympathy for them.

Still, while one episode might be interesting as a glimpse into this most difficult of jobs, it's hard to imagine watching week after week of drug dealers cursing officers out and perps getting busted. After all, a lot of crimes are surprisingly petty, and after awhile it can feel the same old, same old.

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TV details

Network:TLC
Genre:Reality TV
TV rating:TV-14

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Adult Written byLogical Justice May 12, 2015
 

If you want to See POLICE Abuse and Trigger Happy COPS out of Control, SEE IT

The show is what happens when you have a failed drug war, a paranoid Police Force who acts as the only THUG in town and a federal gov that is fueling this mess and facilitating such obvious and displayed show of unnecessary force and down right abuse. and that is all you need to know about Police Women of Broward County HERE IS WHAT THIS SHOW IS ABOUT This is by far one of the saddest shows i've watched about how : Tax Payer's Resources are wasted in pursuing measly and petty crimes where you will see literally 5 police cars and 17 cops over a tiny bag of marijuana all while claiming they are saving society. a waste of our tax dollars and resources with all their retirement plans etc....over a freakin joint Racist and obviously brutal cops with lots to show in front of a camera instead of focusing on soft and effective policing techniques not when you have a POOR JOKE of an officer such as COP ANDREA PENOYER who is so hyper you would think the woman is on some kind of medication or steroids. People's rights are trampled, the same folks who pay their salaries are abused and disrespected in such obvious ways, it leaves you wondering why wouldn't such a community rise up??? Please Don't waste your time, this SHOW IS NOTHING MORE THAN Sensualization of Really awful police work and very unbright, racist and sometimes violent trigger happy cops whose only leverage is, we keep the communities safer under the watchful eyes of the US FEDERAL DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE which fuels these small departments with grants and equipment in return for more measly arrest records. paranoia over terrorism and a runaway justice department with lengthy sentences along with untalented prosecutors who put ink to such cases and prosecute very poor and disenfranchised people to start with. so if you were broke, jobless and unfortunate before such measly and poorly executed arrested over nonsense, now you are broke, unlucky and with an arrest record which in turn limits their chances to catching up on life....... SAD and ONLY in America at the hands of Police Chefs who try to shine by imposing such unfair and unjust policies. MS ANDREA PENOYER I got news for you tough cookie, if i was a chief of department, you would not spend another second on the force with such approach as it only alienates a community and makes the officer's job in turn harder and puts everyone else on edge. Broward County you guys are a joke and an excuse for a department that was given wayyyyy too much power under the watchful eyes of obviously some pretty untalented cops and superiors. JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ARE YOU FU#K$@ING WATCHING and do we need another FERGUSON???? This SHOW is NOTHING More than a PR (Public Relation) Stunt by both TLC and the Broward County Police Dept and for that, It is a SAD EXCUSE. Rise UP People, Stand UP for your rights...................Don't fear out of control and abusive COPS. You pay their salaries. You make NOISE and they WILL Listen. ANDREA PENOYER YOU ARE A JOKE FOR A COP BROWARD COUNTY POLICE DEPT, you are a JOKE OF A POLICE DEPARTMENT SAD
Teen, 15 years old Written bycarlahernandez4 January 31, 2012
 

Inspiration

I think this show is really great especially for me because I myself want to become a police officer and these wonderful police women are my inspiration! I am 15 years old and looking into this career
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Parent of a 2, 2, 3, 3, 6, and 7 year old Written byMarshall78 October 18, 2009
 

We love this show!

My husband and I watch it evertime it comes on. My sister's daughter is staying with us and we get together and watch it.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models

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