-“COPS: Inside Stories from TV’s Pioneer Reality Series” takes place this Thursday, October 6.
-Show credited with influencing how American public views police work.
-Among the topics to be discussed: memorable episodes filmed in Las Vegas.
LAS VEGAS (October 4, 2016) – The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will have you humming “Bad boys, bad boys…whatcha gonna do?” when it presents its next Courtroom Conversation about the long-running reality series “COPS” this Thursday, October 6. To be held at 7 p.m., the discussion will feature Executive Producer John Langley, as well as Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Sheriffs Joseph Lombardo and Bill Young. Both sheriffs appeared on the series during episodes filmed in Las Vegas.
Currently in its 28th season, “COPS” has followed law enforcement officers during patrol and other police activities in 140 different U.S. cities, as well as several foreign cities. Some of its most memorable episodes have been filmed in Las Vegas, featuring Lombardo as a patrol officer and Young as a member of the Vice unit.
“COPS” is credited with changing the way America looks at police work, providing eye-opening insights into the many challenges officers face as they investigate crime. The panel will discuss this phenomenon, as well as recount stories about making the show.
Tickets for this Courtroom Conversation are $25; Museum Members are $22.50. To make reservations, click here. For more information, call (702) 229-2734.
About John Langley
A director, writer, and producer of television and film, John Langley is best known as the creator and executive producer of the long-running, critically acclaimed reality television show “Cops,” which premiered on the Fox network in March 1989. The success of “Cops” has certified Langley’s place in television history as a pioneer of the reality phenomenon. Langley is often credited with the “video vérité” style of the “Cops” program. Now commonplace, at the time this candid, unrehearsed video technique notably influenced TV advertising and news reporting, as well as other network and syndicated programming. Langley has received numerous recognitions for the series, including the American Television Award and four Emmy nominations.
Sheriff Joseph Lombardo
Lombardo began his law enforcement career in 1988 as an officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD). He was promoted to sergeant in 1996. During his time as a sergeant, he was awarded the Meritorious Service Award for outstanding service to the Las Vegas community. Lombardo was promoted to lieutenant in 2001 and served the department in various capacities at this rank, including patrol lieutenant, executive lieutenant to the sheriff, and Search/Rescue commander. He was promoted to captain in 2006 and served as the bureau commander for the Southwest Area Command and subsequently the bureau commander for Homeland Security. In 2008, Lombardo was appointed as a deputy chief, serving as division commander of Support Operations, and he eventually became the division commander of the Patrol Division. Lombardo was promoted to assistant sheriff in 2011. After 26 years on the force, he retired as a commissioned officer and was elected in 2014 as sheriff of Clark County. In 2006, he completed his master of science degree from UNLV, as well as completing the 227th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Born in Yerington, Bill Young is a fourth-generation Nevadan. As a child, his family moved to Las Vegas where he graduated from Bishop Gorman High School in 1974. Young is also an alumnus of UNLV, holding a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s in emergency management. He began his career with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department as a patrol officer in 1979. In 1984 he was promoted to sergeant and his assignments included Patrol, Field Training and SWAT. He was promoted to lieutenant in 1986 and served in Patrol, as Operations Manager of the Communications Center, and in Vice/Narcotics. In 1995, he was promoted to captain and commanded the Support Services Bureau, overseeing the Resident Officer Program, K-9, Air Support, and Search and Rescue. He was promoted to deputy chief in January 1999 and assigned to the Detention Services Division. He took over as the deputy chief for the Special Operations Division in February 2001. Young was elected sheriff in November 2002. After his retirement, Young joined Station Casinos as its vice president of security.
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class, interactive journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through more than 1,000 artifacts and immersive storylines. Whether you like it or not, this is American history. Since opening in 2012, The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of USA Today’s “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times, one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by Fox News and Budget Travel magazine and “Best Museum” by Nevada Magazine. Admission is $23.95 for adults ages 18 and over with special pricing for online purchase, children, seniors, military, law enforcement, Nevada residents, and teachers. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for up-to-date operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org. Connect on Facebook at facebook.com/themobmuseum.org or Twitter @themobmuseum.