New reality show about Navajo tribal police
“Navajo Cops’’ premieres Monday evening on the National Geographic Channel and features some of the tribal department’s 330 men and women on patrol.
The show follows officers as they provide services and respond to calls across the sprawling reservation. About 180,000 residents live on the nation’s largest Indian reservation, which extends across parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. The officers have to balance modern law enforcement with ancient customs.
The Navajo Film Office wanted to educate the public about the tribal officers’ work, said Lorie Lee, former media production specialist for the film office. Lee worked with the filming crew during the two years it was scouting for locations and producing the show.
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Navajo officers deal with unique challenges, such as lack of street signs, inconsistent backup and areas where their radios don’t have signals, Lee said. Another interesting part of the Navajo force is that more women than men work as officers, she said.