NETWORK Ten has promised “extraordinary, compelling viewing” once Gold Coast Cops hits television screens across the country at the end of the month.
Produced by Eyeworks Australia, the 10-part series follows the work of the Gold Coast’s newly created Rapid Action & Patrols Group (RAP).
Formed in the wake of the infamous Broadbeach bikie brawl on September 27 last year, the new elite squad is responsible for policing everything from bikie gangs and street violence to drug heists and organised crime,
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Production crews have been spotted across the coast over the past few months, capturing the squad’s every move.
Headed by Superintendent Jim Keogh, the taskforce offers the community a permanent police presence on the Gold Coast.
“Officers are committed to restoring public confidence by focusing on public disorder and street violence through high visibility policing,” Superintendent Jim Keogh said. “Officers will respond to incidents requiring a priority response.”
Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Jack Dempsey said the RAP formed part of the government’s strong plan for a brighter and safer future for the Gold Coast community.
“We’ve put more police on the beat, given officers the latest technology and cut the traditional borders of policing to implement this highly skilled and responsive taskforce,” Mr Dempsey said.
“Crime is down and the Gold Coast is now a safer place for families because of the RAP.”
Network Ten Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said the network was delighted to have been granted “unprecedented” access to one of the most elite police taskforces in the country.
“Network Ten has a long and rich history of presenting character-based observational documentaries and we are delighted to be adding Gold Coast Cops to that list,” she said.
“Gold Coast Cops will give viewers a compelling insight into the RAP and the men and women fighting crime on the Gold Coast.”
Managing Director of Eyeworks Australia John McAvoy said after years of discussion, production was given the go ahead earlier this year.
“We have been in discussions with the Queensland Police Service to grant us access to film on the Gold Coast for years now, as we were convinced there were compelling stories to tell against this unique and idyllic backdrop.
“Now we are thrilled to be working in partnership with the RAP taskforce to produce Gold Coast Cops.
“Our crews have been granted full access to the operations of this elite team who are first on the scene when the action happens.
“The vision we have captured so far is extraordinary.”
Gold Coast Cops premieres 7.30pm Monday September 29 on TEN.