The television show COPS has been a phenomenon for nearly 20 years. Now the creators of the show are hoping to do the same thing with a new show following sheriff's departments around the country. One of the first stops on the show is right here in Warren County featuring the most re-elected sheriff in the nation.
WBKO's Ryan Dearbone has more on how Sheriff Jerry "Peanuts" Gaines who will soon be hitting the small-screen nationwide.
"The sheriff is the people's office. They vote for you. You're their law enforcement. They look at it like you are theirs," Gaines said.
Now Gaines will belong to the rest of the nation as part of the new FOX series, "The Sheriff." The show will focus on unique sheriffs from across the country. The show's host, John Bonnell, said Peanuts was an easy choice to profile.
"We were looking for interesting sheriffs. Sheriffs who'd be willing to speak the truth and be very sincere in their approach, their philosophy in regards to law enforcement. Peanuts is one of our top ten choices," Bonnell said.
Gaines said Bonnell approached him a week ago about being profiled.
"He called me last week saying he wanted to go to different-sized sheriff's department. They went to Jacksonville, into Alabama, Birmingham, and he wanted to come to Bowling Green," Gaines said.
The shows creator and Executive Producer, Paul Stojanovich, said Peanuts colorful personality made shooting the show extremely easy.
"He's so vibrant and even more than that. He's just an honest, straight-shooting guy. Its really easy to magnetize to someone who has that type of charisma and that kind of care for people in his town," Stojanovich said.
Gaines said he feels the show will be a great way to show off Warren County and its decorated sheriff's department.
Producers of "The Sheriff" will return in April 2007 to continue shooting the episode featuring Gaines. The show also plans on covering some other sheriffs throughout Kentucky.
The episode of "The Sheriff" featuring Gaines will air this summer on WBKO-FOX.