Examines the meanings of television programs for actor/police officers who acted in “reality TV” programs. Police engage in “legitimation work” to enhance public relations and achieve favorable publicity. The media is increasingly prominent in areas where previously it was unseen. Presents results of a questionnaire in which police actors give mixed reactions to the usefulness of infotainment. Concludes that police participation in the production of infotainment subverts the goal of promoting “realistic” public expectations of police work.
Hallett, M. and Powell, D. (1995), "Backstage with “Cops”: the dramaturgical reification of police subculture in American crime “info‐tainment”", American Journal of Police, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 101-129. https://doi.org/10.1108/07358549510799116
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