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San Francisco police officers could star in a new reality TV show

San Francisco police officers walk down the stairs at the Castro Muni station at Harvey Milk Plaza on June 22, 2022. | Camille Cohen/The Standard

A reality TV show starring San Francisco police officers could be produced if Supervisor Matt Dorsey wins approval for it.

Supervisor Dorsey has asked for city permission to allow local police officers to star in a show currently dubbed: “Real Streets of San Francisco.”

In November, he introduced a resolution to the Board of Supervisors that would authorize the police department to enter into a use agreement with the show’s producer, Topspin Content.

San Francisco’s police officers are not strangers to being in the limelight, with one gaining local celebrity status already. 

San Francisco Supervisor Matt Dorsey (left) and San Francisco Chief of Police Bill Scott (right) are pictured at Dorsey’s introductory press conference in San Francisco on May 9, 2022. | Camille Cohen/The Standard

The series would document “the day-to-day challenges and opportunities of 21st century policing,” according to the resolution documents seen by The Standard.

Dorsey, who previously worked at the department in a communications role, said the SFPD’s historical legacy and recent reforms following national George Floyd demonstrations have earned it a place in pop culture.

The department has previously featured in films like Dirty Harry, Zodiac and the ’70s television crime drama starring Michael Douglas, The Streets of San Francisco.

The resolution claims a reality cop show would improve the city by giving the public a closer look at the inner workings of the police department. It could also attract more quality recruits as the department looks to hire hundreds of police officers.

The decision around whether SFPD will be allowed to take part in the TV show will be made at a future Budget and Finance Committee meeting.