The 10-part series to be produced by Eyeworks Australia (What Really Happens in Bali, Kings Cross ER, Territory Cops, Kalgoorlie Cops, Being Lara Bingle) follows the work of a newly created Rapid Action & Patrols Group, responsible for policing everything from bikie gangs and street violence to drug heists and organised crime.
TEN’s press release, which quotes Superintendent Jim Keogh and Queensland Police Minister Jack Dempsey, has some media asking if the series is part of a “government PR campaign.”
Queensland Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Services, Jack Dempsey MP, said: “The RAP is 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.
“Crime is down and the Gold Coast is now a safer place for families because of the RAP.”
Superintendent Jim Keogh said: “Officers are committed to restoring public confidence by focusing on public disorder and street violence through high visibility policing.
“Officers will respond to incidents requiring a priority response. Should the matter involve a protracted investigation, specialist units will be utilised as necessary to maximise the mobile and agile focus of the group.”
TEN Chief Programming Officer, Beverley McGarvey, said: “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.
“With unprecedented access to one of the most elite police taskforces in Australia, Gold Coast Cops will give viewers a compelling insight into the RAP and the men and women fighting crime on the Gold Coast.”
Eyeworks Australia Managing Director, John McAvoy, added: “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.”
No airdate has yet been announced but the series is already filming.