On Friday, 11/3/17, Crime Watch Daily with Chris Hansen came to my place of employment to film a story featuring the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office. The story highlighted our dispatch, specifically 911. We were all warned via email that the cast and crew would be here so we could look and behave our best!
Crime Watch Daily arrived in the morning to interview the Sheriff. They then toured COMTEC where they set up to sit for the afternoon shift, which is the shift I work. Crime Watch Daily filmed one of my partners meeting a family that called 911 and was successfully walked through the Heimlich maneuver. During afternoon shift, Chris Hansen along with a small camera crew sat with another partner who was yielding 911 calls and observe we handle our emergency phone calls.
Two more Crime Watch Daily crews were assigned to an afternoon deputy and Sergeant to respond to calls, specifically 911 calls that come in. A producer rode in each squad car and a vehicle with their crew followed behind. The staff was instructed NOT to interfere while deputies respond to calls. The staff was allowed to ask citizens for interviews or to enter the residence of a call; permission to enter had to be granted by the home owner and not the deputy for the camera crew to go in. We were also instructed that we could refuse to be on camera if we wished to not be.
The day actually drug on as it was SOOOOOO slow in dispatch. As a matter of fact we made jokes about the “switch” being thrown on accident, meaning maybe another agency was receiving our phone calls because the room was so quiet! The (I believe) producer, cornered me in the break room and asked if I was the dispatcher who took the April Millsap call. I told her I was and she stated that they were reaching out to the higher ups to see if they wanted to do a segment on it because they covered the original story as well. I was not too keen on the idea seeing as I had TOTALLY forgot today was the day of filming and came in with NO makeup, hair in a messy bun on top of my head, glasses on my face, and looking like a scrub. Luckily, they decided against it or never heard back from Los Angeles because this is the only shot of me in the whole episode….
LOL!!! Yep, that little blob is my head circled in red!
The episode aired Monday 12/4/17. I was off that day and recorded it so Adam and I could watch it together. When it first began talking about our department, I thought it was so fake and staged. I hadn’t realized they had taken more footage on another day.