- Associated Press - Sunday, February 16, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two Bernalillo County commissioners are asking the county sheriff to reconsider allowing the long-running TV show “Cops” to film in the area.

In a letter sent to Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston on Saturday, Commissioners Debbie O’Malley and Maggie Hart Stebbins says the show’s “sensational focus on criminal activity” would portray the county as a dangerous place to work and live.

They also argue members of the public may be reluctant to report crimes if they think a TV crew might show up with authorities.

Albuquerque’s mayor banned the reality program from filmming in New Mexico’s largest city more than a decade ago.

However, Houston announced Thursday that the show would start filming with his department in April for its 26th season.

The episodes would air in the summer.

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