May 29, 2016 2:40 PM

Manchester chief decides against allowing TV show 'COPS' to film in the city

MANCHESTER - Police Chief Nick Willard has decided against allowing the TV show "COPS" to film in Manchester.

The chief had met with producers of the Spike TV police reality show and initially agreed to allow cameras to follow officers on duty. He said he agreed because his "officers are the epitome of true American law enforcement, so to showcase them was my intent."

But because of a community backlash, Willard said he has decided against allowing the show to be filmed in Manchester.

"I have since heard from many in the community, both residents and businesses, who have expressed concern that the show would have a negative impact on the city's image, which is the very last thing I would want," Willard said in a statement posted on social media. "In light of the expressed concerns, and my respect for the City of Manchester, I have discontinued any filming and MPD will not be a featured department for their show. I regret to have caused any undue anxiety."

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