Barrow citizens now have the opportunity to learn more about the people who work 24/7 to protect lives and property within the county.
Beginning September 1, Winder’s public television station, WCTV24 (Channel 24 for Comcast subscribers), began airing “Cop Talk with Dorsey and Druse” featuring Winder police captain Dennis Dorsey and Lieutenant Todd Druse.
The purpose of the show is to introduce viewers to the many different agencies that operate in and around Barrow County. Programs will include interviews, tours, safety tips and some of the more “human” moments in the lives of public safety officials.
New episodes are scheduled to be aired every two weeks.
“We hope to generate some enthusiasm within our community with our new show,” said Todd Druse, one of the show’s hosts. “We think that Channel 24’s viewers will appreciate learning about all the different public safety agencies that work within the Winder/Barrow County community.”
Despite the show’s name, “Cop Talk” isn’t just about cops. The show will focus on public safety in general.
“It was really a lot of fun to be involved in the show’s conception,” said Druse. “Dennis and I went to WCTV with an idea about something entirely different and after a couple weeks of brainstorming, Cop Talk was born.”
The show’s executive producer, Marty Spears, agrees.
“WCTV24 is proud to be partnering with the Winder Police Department and with Dennis Dorsey and Todd Druse in particular. We appreciate the time and effort these guys are putting into Cop Talk and we truly enjoy working with them in the production of the show.”
Spears, who is also the station manager at WCTV24, has been involved in the creation and taping of each episode.
“Cop Talk is very informative and viewers are sure to learn something new each time they watch. Todd and Dennis have some amazing guests lined up for future episodes, so viewers should definitely stay tuned,” Spears added.
Videographer and editor Robert Siple also expressed some excitement for the new show. “Sure, anyone watching can tell that these guys are not trained actors,” Siple said. “But that isn’t what we were looking for on Cop Talk. It is exciting to work on a project that allows us to take a look behind the scenes at how our law enforcement and public safety officials serve us each and every day.”
Siple said that the goal of the show has always been to give the viewers a more realistic view of the day-to-day operations of our public safety agencies.
“From the beginning we felt that there are enough bad news cop shows on the air. I like that we’re focused on the positive impacts these folks make in our community. My admiration of their sacrifice and service grows with each episode,” he said.
Dorsey recognizes that the success of the show depends on being able to give the people what they want.
“We always welcome the input of our viewers,” Dorsey said. “We sincerely hope that anyone with ideas for show topics they would like to see us do will either call us at the Winder Police Department or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Cop Talk can be seen on WCTV24 Monday – Friday at 7:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. For more information about WCTC24 or Cop Talk, visit www.wctv24.com.