The 13 part police drama, first revealed by TV Tonight last year, centres on Seaview Local Area Command, a busy metropolitan police station in Sydney. Its cast includes Kate Ritchie, Martin Dingle Wall, Gary Sweet, and Denise Roberts.
“COPS L.A.C was inspired by Local Area Command centres which are the face of modern policing,” said Jo Horsburgh, Head of Nine Drama and Executive Producer of COPS L.A.C.
“The smaller police stations of the past have been absorbed into these larger area command centres where 200 to 400 police and civilians work. All these people have to balance their personal and professional lives and sometimes this gets a little messy.
“Like any cop show, COPS L.A.C tells crime stories with mystery and intrigue, and in our case the plot unfolds with an equal focus on the uniformed officers and the detectives. There’s also a strong whodunit element and an underpinning of good cop black humour to the series.”
It is the network’s first in-house drama project since Canal Road.
At the frontline of law and order, the brave uniformed officers and plainclothes detectives at Seaview fight everything from murder and organised crime to diamond smuggling and identity theft on their own turf, as well as tracking missing persons. These cops are the backbone of law enforcement, shouldering the responsibility and the stress the badge demands.
The twists and turns in COPS L.A.C will keep audiences guessing while the cases these cops work on unfold one piece of evidence, one unwilling witness and one lying suspect at a time.
This is a competitive, pressure-cooker policing environment where the line between work and personal relationships is easily blurred. Most officers do their job with professionalism, altruism and a healthy dose of humour. They are focused, ambitious and competitive. Most are honest. Some aren’t. At least not always.
Keeping the police team in line is their boss, Superintendant Jack Finch (Gary Sweet). His crime manager and head of detectives is Detective Inspector Diane Pappas (Denise Roberts). She oversees the crime-solving duo of Detective Senior Constable Samantha Cooper (Kate Ritchie) and Detective Senior Constable Rhys Llewellyn (Martin Dingle Wall).
Senior Sergeant Graeme Sinclair (Roy Billing) is responsible for managing the daily workload of the general duties officers. Senior Constable Nathan Holt (Tom O’Sullivan) and Senior Constable Roxanne Perez (Ria Vandervis) have the added responsibility of mentoring and training two probationary constables fresh out of the academy – Priscilla Smith (Kelly Paterniti) and Daniel Van Der Mark (Graeme Squires). Meanwhile Detective Senior Constable Matt “Matilda” Hilton (Damian de Montemas) is the Seaview command’s resident witty forensics expert.
At Seaview, it’s a tough and unpredictable job that takes all sorts. Some cops will succeed beyond their wildest expectations, others will fall by the wayside.
This is the story of passionate cops on the beat. The first ones at the crime scene. Savvy detectives marked by their gut instinct and tenacity. Naive recruits uncertain if they’ll make the grade. Daring undercover officers flirting with danger. Ambitious superintendents juggling politics with policing. And forensics experts with their hi-tech toys.
In COPS L.A.C there is more to their story than you think.