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Rocky Mount Authorities Catch Acting Bug For Police Training Video

Posted August 23, 2001

— It is not Hollywood, but Rocky Mount is getting some attention of its own this week. With the cameras rolling, police officers and deputies are teaming up with local actors for some real-life "cops and robbers."


North Carolina Justice Academy

has been making a video all week with Rocky Mount police and Nash County deputies. The topic is search and seizure laws, something the officers have to know inside and out.

"We consider it an honor. We think it's pretty special that Rocky Mount was asked to do this, and we were more than happy to jump in and help out," says Cpl. Gary Wester of the Rocky Mount Police Department.

Reality is the key element, so the producer decided to forgo the whole studio setting and instead look for a real place, a real business.

"They appreciate what they see, that they can identify the location that we shoot with and the training message comes across stronger. They don't get distracted by some Hollywood set or something that does not look real," says Janie Deal of the North Carolina Justice Academy.

Plus, the price is right. Everyone on camera is donating their time, so taxpayers can benefit without having to pay for it. The videotaping will continue Friday at a few other businesses. A yellow sign will be put up so people can see that the situations are not real.


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