St. Louis County Police Det. Emily Mancuso.
St. Louis County Police Chief Timothy Fitch.
By Ashley Yarchin
St. Loui, MO (KSDK) - For the second time, The Learning Channel (TLC) has gone to the St. Louis County Police Department to cast one of its reality television shows, but for the first time, the Police Chief Timothy Fitch told NewsChannel 5 that just might say "yes."
In the past, Chief Fitch said he needed to do more research, but now if his officers are interested for Season 7, then he is too.
Catering to a mostly male audience, TLC's "Police Women" has roughly a million viewers each episode. Season 5 in Cincinnati began airing earlier this month, but the show is already getting geared up to shoot Season 7.
"Would I do the show? I'd have to think about it," said Det. Emily Mancuso.
And that's what many of the other women at the St. Louis County Police Department are doing after a note went out from the chief Friday afternoon, in which he said the next step in the casting process is the "amount of interest shown" by personnel.
"What we're looking at is highlighting some of the quality employees that we have here, our female employees in particular and we're also interested in recruiting," he said.
There are 810 sworn officers in the St. Louis County Police Department. Ninety-seven of them are women, but if the show ends up here, only four of those female officers will be profiled.
"It's not 'Jersey Shore,' acting like goofballs, this is, if we mess up on our job, we might not go home, so it's a serious thing and I think it's important for other people to see and realize what the police are out there doing," said Det. Mancuso, who watches the show.
If chosen, the show would shoot here for six weeks. No money would be given to the department, but Chief Fitch said the chosen officers would be paid by the producers for any overtime accrued while taping officers at work or at home.
"I think it's a good opportunity," he said.
Especially since his staff can control TLC's crew to ensure everyone's safety, because on that show, you never know what's going to happen. No matter where the TLC's next season is shot, taping begins in April.