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(Neb)-Premier Showing Of New Documentary In Chadron Kicks Off NET Tour  Listen

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/29/2019 10:11 AM

CHADRON - One of the newest documentaries by NET - Nebraska's PBS and NPR stations - gets its first public viewing tonight at 6:00 in the Chadron State College ballroom, kicking off the fourth year of NET's On The Road With NET program. The current "road trip" will have stops in Chadron, Alliance, Scottsbluff, Mitchell, Gering, Sidney, Lewellen, Ogallala and Brule between tonight and Monday night.

     NET takes On The Road tours 2 or 3 times each year with staff and leadership visiting a region of the state with a series of events that include Town Talk sessions, taping or filming of NET programs, a PBS Kids Family Event, and this year the new documentary Small Town Cops. All events are free and open to the public.

     Reporter/producer/director Bill Kelly says Small Town Cops is an hour-long documentary at a year in the life of 3 law enforcement agencies in rural Nebraska: the Mitchell Police Department and the Butler and Jefferson County Sheriff's Offices plus a look at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center in Grand Island where all officers and deputies are certified for active duty.

     Kelly says the documentary grew out of the recognition that many small town law enforcement agencies are being asked to handle situations they did not deal with 10-20 years ago, such as mass shootings, while often still being expected to deal with traditional issues such as animal control

     He was a bit surprised to learn that all small town law enforcement agencies face the same basic problems - difficulties in recruiting and retaining officers and tight budgets for needed technology such as computers, digital radios, and body cameras as well as the training to use that technology.

        Kelly's hope for Small Town Cops is that the public - both rural residents and those in the cities - learn more about what life is like for law enforcement officers in small towns.

    There will also be showings of Small Town Cops on Friday night at 6:00 in the Nile Theater in Mitchell and Sunday afternoon at 1:00 in Ogallala at the Prairie Theater.

     The version being shown as part of On the Road isn't the one that will air on PBS later this year because there are still a few last-minute changes and tweaks he needs to make

    Tonight's 6:00 showing in the Chadron State Student Center will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Chadron Police Chief Tim Lordino and Dawes County Sheriff Karl Dailey.

     The rest of the NET events in Chadron are tomorrow. The schedule begins with a Town Talk at 9:00 in the Bean Broker, a workshop at 11:00 at the senior center on how to use NET's free video streaming services, and the PBS KIDS family event at 5:00 at the public library where local kids can meet Jet Propulsion from Ready Jet Go! and watch his new movie, "One Small Step."


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