COPS follows police officers, constables, and sheriff's deputies during patrols and various police activities by embedding camera crews with their units. The show's formula adheres to a classic cinéma vérité ethos. With no narration or scripted dialog, it depends entirely on the commentary of the officers and on the actions of the people with whom they come into contact.
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Not In My Back Yard 31x20
Coast to Coast #181 23x22
In the 23rd-season finale, officers in Sacramento County, CA., look for a parolee who may be armed. A deputy in Palm Beach County, Fla., must deal with a domestic dispute which involves a knife; and a deputy in Pierce County, Washington, discovers drugs in a vehicle pulled over in a car stop because it was missing a license plate.
Coast to Coast #180 23x21
Officers in Pierce County, Wash., deal with a woman accused of breaking into her ex-boyfriend's place; police in Hillsborough County, Fla., search for two repeat offenders; and deputies in Palm Beach County, Fla., break up a dispute between neighbors.
Coast to Coast #179 23x20
Home Assaults Special Edition 23x19
Odd Arrests #3 23x18
Officers from the Amarillo Police Department in Texas respond to a domestic-assault call where a woman's husband calls to report that his pregnant wife has been kicked twice in the stomach by their landlord. Deputies from the Cook County Sheriff's Department in Illinois respond to a call involving a woman evicted from her mobile home who left behind a slew of animals, including 52 cats, several rabbits and a snake.
Coast to Coast #178 23x17
Morons on Parade #4 23x16
A deputy with the California County Sheriff's Department in Sacramento is forced to unleash his K-9 companion to catch a fleeing motorcyclist who also happens to be carrying drugs. A deputy of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department in Pierce County, WA, responds to a call from a bloodied man who claims that he was attacked by a woman while fighting over the last cigarette in the pack. Lastly, the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department in Illinois investigates three juveniles seen throwing rocks from an overpass who end up being questioned by the police and their mothers.
Dazed and Confused #3 23x15
Deputies of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department in Pierce County, WA, respond to a suicide threat and end up subduing the suspect after he refuses to follow the officers' commands. During a routine traffic stop, a vehicle's passengers admit to possessing marijuana and are taken into custody by the Cook County Sheriff's Police Department in Illinois. On another routine traffic stop, a deputy of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Tampa, FL, finds that the suspect has several tickets and a suspended license.
Street Patrol #2 23x14
In California, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department is taken on a foot chase over fences and through a field to catch a suspected cell-phone thief. The Pierce County Sheriff's Department in Washington responds to a call about a road-rage incident where a man allegedly assaults his neighbor.
Coast to Coast #177 23x13
Taken into Custody Special Edition 23x12
The Sacramento County Sheriff's Department in California chases a speeding silver sedan after the driver refuses to stop after a hit-and-run. An officer of the Amarillo Police Department in Texas responds to a call from a local hotel front desk stating that a belligerent drunk is loitering in the hotel lobby arguing with guests. A deputy with the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office in Florida responds to a call about a possible domestic assault.
Coast to Coast # 176 23x11
Ho! Ho! Ho! #8 23x10
When an officer from the Amarillo Police Department in Texas approaches a woman on the street about her suspicious late-night behavior, the interaction turns into a chase on foot. Meanwhile, in Hillsborough County, Florida, officers on the late-night patrol team up to respond to a call regarding a hand-to-hand transaction at a local motel.
Coast to Coast #175 23x09
Morons on Parade #3 23x08
The Nye County Sheriff's Office in Pahrump, NV, is forced to lay down spikes in the road to detain a suspicious vehicle failing to yield at first siren, while officers of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Tampa, FL, call for back-up units to help break up a fight between neighbors involving aggravated battery and gunfire.
Probable Cause Special Edition 23x07
During a routine traffic stop, officers from the Nye County Sheriff's Office in Pahrump, NV, pull over a vehicle for a missing headlight and end up busting the suspect for possession after the discovery of a marijuana plant and other illegal substances. Meanwhile, officers in Amarillo, TX, report to a major vehicle crash on a busy highway to eventually make an arrest for a DUI.
U.S. Marshals Special Edition 23x06
A member of the United States Marshals Service, Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, briefs the local police on a kidnapping case involving a 4-year-old boy and two Hispanic men in suspect who demanded $100,000 ransom for the child. Another investigator from the same Task Force recruits the local police to arrest a fugitive suspicious of possession of drugs.
Weapons Drawn #2 23x05
Officers from the Amarillo Police Department in Texas respond to "shots fired" call and team up to detain a suspect barricaded inside his house with a gun.
Couples in Crime Special Edition 23x04
Officers from the Amarillo Police Department in Texas respond to a domestic-violence call and end up being faced with a challenging detainment. Later, officers with the Portland Police Bureau in Oregon attempt to track down a suspect in a hit-and-run and find a bystander taking the blame. Finally, the Brevard County Sheriff's Department in Florida responds to a battery case involving a roommate, a hammer, a sandwich and a big misunderstanding.
Roadside Crimes Special Edition 23x03
Officers of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police break up a fist-fight over a financial discrepancy that leads to a juvenile heading to a detention center. Meanwhile, the Portland Police Bureau in Oregon arrests suspects in a stolen vehicle, and sheriffs in Florida make a drug bust in a strip-mall parking lot.
California Border Patrol Special Edition 23x02
Officers from the Rio Grande City Customs and Border Protection in Texas engage in a sting operation to catch undocumented aliens crossing the border and wind up busting some for more than anticipated. Later, members of the border patrol in Nogales, AZ, arrest illegal immigrants trying to pass through the city by way of cargo trains.
800th Episode Milestone 23x01
On the 23rd season premiere, COPS celebrates a monumental 800th episode milestone with all the action indicative to the long-running series, including a chase, drug busts and more. An officer from the Boynton Beach Police Department in Florida chases a man fleeing his car by foot only to find what the suspect failed to hide. Another officer from Boynton Beach receives a call about a boa constrictor spotted in a residential area. Meanwhile, officers from the Harris County Sherriff's Office in Texas stop a victim for a routine traffic violation that ends in a drug bust and a charge of grand theft auto.