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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Spinning Out 31x33
Busted #3 25x16
A suspected prostitute is caught on the Vegas strip; two deputies in Alameda County, Cal., find drugs in a vehicle during a routine traffic stop.
Fight Night 25x15
Officers from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department deal with an unruly suspect; Toledo patrolmen investigate a fight between two female neighbors.
Coast to Coast 183 25x14
Cops in Newport News, Va., deal with an unstable suspect; officers in Alameda County, Cal., find a bag of marijuana during a routine traffic stop; a domestic dispute between a man and his stepson is broken up in Las Vegas.
Taken Into Custody #3 25x13
Officers from the Las Vegas Metro Police Department question a young woman who appears to be soliciting prostitution, but she denies the accusation despite prior arrests. Later, officers from the Chattanooga Police Department respond to a call involving a father and son who got into a physical altercation involving alcohol. Finally, officers from the Portland Police Bureau chase after a suspect who begins to run when they flash their lights on him, and they find out that he tried to get rid of his methamphetamines to avoid being sent to rehab.
Morons on Parade #6 25x12
Officers from the Sacramento Police Department catch a suspect attempting to run from the police and discover meth in his possession. They question his girlfriend and take him into custody, and he makes an unexpected proposal. Then, two officers from the Kansas City Police Department are called to check out a burglary in progress and discover a man hiding in the attic. Finally, officers from the Amarillo Police Department respond to a domestic disturbance call and question two brothers caught in a fight over a business matter.
Stupid Behavior #5 25x11
Officers from the Portland Police Bureau must assist an older man after he crashes his car into a sign, takes off on foot and collapses after complaining of heart problems. Then, the Las Vegas Metro Police Department attempts to stop a van after it makes multiple traffic violations, and the officers discover possible stolen items and crystal meth in the suspect's pocket. Finally, officers from the Rialto Police Department in California respond to a domestic disturbance call after a couple engages in a heated disagreement over a damaged wall.
Dazed & Confused #5 25x10
Officers from the Sacramento Police Department confront a suspect attempting to run from the police and find him in possession of methamphetamines. Next, the Portland Police Bureau in Portland, OR, stops a driver for reckless driving, and later they suspect the driver of a DUI. Finally, the Sacramento Police Department responds to an assistance call after a woman claims that her neighbor stole two of her marijuana plants from her backyard.
Street Patrol #3 25x09
A chase ensues after officers from the Portland Police Bureau attempt to make a traffic stop and the suspect runs on foot to his home. Then, officers from the Kansas City Police Department respond to a call from a local convenience store about a man being chased by another man with a knife. Finally, officers from the Portland Police Bureau respond to reports about a man riding his bicycle naked in downtown Portland, and later they discover he was protesting global warming.
Caught in a Lie 25x08
A suspect crashes his car into an innocent victim's vehicle, but when he flees the scene, officers from the Kansas City Police Department find drugs and a gun in the abandoned car. Next, the North Las Vegas Police Department responds to a domestic dispute call involving two roommates and an alleged physical altercation. Finally, the Chattanooga Police Department stops two men driving from the residence of a known drug dealer.
Wild and Crazy #2 25x07
Officers from the Las Vegas Police Department investigate a woman who refused to pay her taxi fare. Then, the Portland Police Bureau questions two men after officers receive two separate calls regarding a fight involving a knife. Finally, officers from the Broward County Sheriff's Office respond to a robbery-on-foot call involving a tourist chasing after a man who allegedly stole his gold necklace.
Busted #2 25x06
Officers from the Newport News Police Department in Virginia stop a man riding his bike and discover a concealed weapon in his possession. Next, officers from the Broward County Sheriff's Office respond to a burglary in progress call after the homeowner's eldest son punched several windows in an attempt to break into the home. Finally, following a domestic disturbance call in Palm Beach, FL, a man is taken into custody for evaluation after he denies firing bullets in his residence.
Liar Liar #6 25x05
On this milestone 850th episode of COPS, the Atlanta Police Department responds to an officer assistance call after a suspect flees from the police, and upon further investigation, they discover that the suspect's vehicle was stolen. Then, officers from the Kansas City Police Department confront two teenagers in possession of concealed weapons. Finally, officers from the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office in Florida interrogate two occupants of a car for suspicious drug activity after they discover a large amount of prescription pills in the vehicle.
Chases... and Cars #2 25x04
The Kansas City Police Department in Missouri trails a stolen vehicle, but the suspect drives off-course, abandons the vehicle and escapes into the woods. Later, the Kansas City Police Department takes a man into custody after they receive a call from a resident claiming the suspect was armed and threatened him with the gun. Finally, officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department interrogate the driver of a vehicle that hit a female pedestrian, and later they find alcohol in the vehicle.
Street Arrests #3 25x03
A traffic stop of a bicyclist leads Alameda County Sheriff's Office deputies on a foot chase that ends blocks away at the suspects home where he tries to hide in his daughters bed. Next, officers from the Newport News Police Department confront three suspects in a vehicle outside a local nightclub that has had numerous drug complaints. Finally, officers from the Chattanooga Police Department respond to a call of a man threatening to beat up his girlfriend with a brick.
Ho! Ho! Ho! #10 25x02
The Portland Police Bureau catches a man and a woman engaged in lewd activity in a vehicle, and upon closer investigation, they discover an unused meth pipe in the backseat. Next, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office goes undercover and conducts a prostitution sting at a hotel. Finally, two officers from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department confront an underage prostitute on the Vegas Strip.
Odd Arrests #5 25x01
Patrolmen from the Toledo Police Department in Ohio respond to a domestic disturbance call involving a woman and her boyfriend, whom she claims threatened her with a knife. Next, when a feral zebra is found running through city streets, the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department must work with an animal trainer to contain the zebra so it can be returned to safety. Finally, the Police Bureau in Portland, OR responds to a disturbance call involving a suspect carrying a large stick and a rock chasing another man on a highway overpass.