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Live PD is an American television program on the A&E Network. It follows police officers in the course of their nighttime patrols live, broadcasting select encounters with the public.[3] The show is hosted by Dan Abrams with analysis provided by Tom Morris Jr. and Sgt. Sean "Sticks" Larkin.

Live PD
Live PD Official Logo.png
Presented by
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes221 aired, 1 cancelled (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Dan Cesareo
  • David Doss
  • George McTeague
  • Kara Kurcz
  • John Zito
  • Elaine Frontain Bryant
  • Shelly Tatro
  • Sean Gottlieb
Camera setupMultiple
Production company(s)Big Fish Entertainment[2]
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkA&E
Original releaseOctober 28, 2016 (2016-10-28) –
External links
Official website

The program premiered on October 28, 2016, with an initial order from A&E for eight two-hour episodes.[2] On February 1, 2017, A&E announced that the season would be expanded to 21 episodes.[4] The first season concluded on August 19, 2017, with the second season premiering on October 6, 2017. The second season concluded on August 25, 2018, with the third season premiering on September 21, 2018. In September 2018 A&E announced the series had been renewed for an additional 150 episodes, to run through 2019.[5]



Live PD is hosted by Dan Abrams, the chief legal affairs anchor for ABC News.[1][6] The program features live video feeds from multiple (currently eight) law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.

Abrams is joined in-studio by two co-analysts: former Washington, D.C. special police officer and crime reporter Tom Morris Jr. and Sgt. Sean "Sticks" Larkin of the Tulsa PD Gang Unit. Occasionally, the trio are joined by an officer that has been featured on the show in the field.

Because of the risk of confidential or otherwise inappropriate material being aired, A&E imposes a broadcast delay on the show which may range from a few seconds to several minutes.[7]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
162October 28, 2016 (2016-10-28)August 19, 2017 (2017-08-19)
282October 6, 2017 (2017-10-06)August 25, 2018 (2018-08-25)
3TBASeptember 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)TBA

Notable incidentsEdit

Due to the nature of live television, Live PD has captured incidents that may not have been aired on a traditional law enforcement program. One such event that received coverage was Bridgeport Police Department Sergeant Chris Robinson breaking down on camera after learning 13-month-old Michael Citron, suffering from an adverse reaction to antihistamine medication, had died following Robinson escorting an ambulance carrying the child to a local hospital.[8]

In another incident, a family claimed to have recognized their loved one, 37-year-old Benjamin Johnson, deceased on television after what the Richland County Sheriff's Department said was a drug deal gone wrong.[9] Two men were arrested in the case.

In an incident on a July 8, 2017 episode, Senior Deputy Chris Mastrianni was called to a fight in progress at a large house party when a car leaving the party passed him going about 90 mph. Mastrianni initiated a traffic stop on the vehicle, which then proceeded to evade him for several minutes. The car then turned a corner before jumping a curb, hitting a power pole's support wire and rolling over. The driver then crawled out the window of his vehicle with his 2-year-old daughter in his arms, and began fighting with Mastrianni. The man released his child, who was taken to safety by the Live PD field producer. After several minutes, Cpl. Mark Laureano and Senior Deputy Katelyn Jasak arrived on scene and aided Mastrianni in handcuffing and arresting the man, as well as pushing back the rapidly growing crowd of bystanders. The toddler received a broken arm in the incident.[10][11]

Associated programsEdit

A few other associated programs have aired, including:

  • Live PD: Rewind: A previous episode of Live PD that has been edited down to about one hour.[12]
  • Live PD: Police Patrol: A half-hour, unhosted format that shows unaired footage and highlights from previous episodes.[13] This series is currently in its third season.
  • Live PD: Roll Call: A six-minute preview that airs an hour before that night's episode, includes that night's lineup of departments and officers and a previously unaired clip.[14]
  • Live PD Presents: Women On Patrol: A program depicting policing activities, focusing on the female members of law enforcement's perspective.[15]
  • Live PD Presents: PD Cam: Features events captured by police body, dash, helicopter and associated surveillance cameras. Hosted by Sean 'Sticks' Larkin. Episodes run a half-hour each.[16] This series is now in its second season.[17]
  • PD Stories Podcast: A one hour podcast hosted by Tom Morris Jr. The show revolves around interviewing members of law enforcement and personnel from associated organizations.[18][19]
  • Live Rescue: Features live camera crew ride-alongs with fire departments and rescue squads in cities and towns across the country. This series premiered on Monday, April 22nd, 2019 at 9PM on the A&E Network.
  • Top Dog: Fan-favorite K9s of Live PD and civilian canines, accompanied by their handlers, compete against each other in K9 courses in order to be named "Top Dog." This series is still in development.[20]

Syndication Beginning on Sunday, October 21, 2018, episodes of Live PD: Police Patrol began airing in two hour blocks on Sunday afternoons from 3PM EST to 5PM EST on The CW network. Sometimes episodes of Live PD Presents: Women on Patrol also aired during these times on The CW under the title Live PD: Police Patrol.


  1. ^ a b Maglio, Tony (26 October 2017). "'Live PD' Host Dan Abrams Explains Why His Real-Time Police Work Show Isn't Just Another 'Cops'". The Wrap. The Wrap News Inc. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  2. ^ a b Petski, Denise (3 October 2016). "A&E Sets Live Police Docuseries Hosted By Dan Abrams & Dallas PD Detectives". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  3. ^ "On the crime beat with "Live PD"". Hearst Connecticut Media. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  4. ^ Umstead, R. Thomas (1 February 2017). "A&E Extends 'Live PD' Season". Multichannel News. Newsbay Media. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denis (September 21, 2018). "Live PD Docuseries Gets Order for 150 Additional Episodes from A&E". Deadline Hollywood. United States: Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved September 22, 2018.
  6. ^ "Dan Abrams Named Nightline Anchor and Chief Legal Affairs Anchor for ABC News". ABC News. ABC News Internet Ventures. 19 June 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  7. ^ Alcinii, Daniele (28 October 2016). "A&E walks the police beat with "Live PD"". Realscreen. Brunico Communications Ltd. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  8. ^ Lockhart, Brian (30 December 2016). "Infant's death on reality TV probed in Bridgeport". CT Post. Hearst Media Services Connecticut, LLC. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  9. ^ "Arrests in case of man seen dead on police reality TV show". CBS News. CBS Interactive Inc. 26 January 2017. Retrieved 17 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Live PD Arrest Involving Child in Columbia Creates Stir". WLTX. July 9, 2017. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  11. ^ Gaither, Tanita. "Doctors: 2-year-old girl was injured in 'Live PD' chase". Columbia, South Carolina: Retrieved 6 January 2018.
  12. ^ "Live PD: Rewind TV Show: News, Videos, Full Episodes and More". TV Guide. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Live PD: Police Patrol TV Show: News, Videos, Full Episodes and More". TV Guide. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Live PD: Roll Call TV Show: News, Videos, Full Episodes and More". TV Guide. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  15. ^ BWW News Desk (2018-04-25). "Lifetime Kicks Off June with Two Unscripted Premieres, LIVE PD PRESENTS: WOMEN ON PATROL & ESCAPING POLYGAMY". Retrieved 2019-06-08.
  16. ^ World, Reece Ristau Tulsa. "Tulsa Police Sgt. Sean 'Sticks' Larkin offers his huge following a new A&E show 'PD Cam'". Tulsa World.
  17. ^ Larkin, Sean (13 October 2018). "Less than 3 weeks until brand new PD Cam episodes hit the air again! Make sure you leave November 1st open and join me as we watch and discuss some intense and amazing videos of LEOs in action. Check out the new commercial below …". External link in |title= (help)
  18. ^ "PD Stories".
  19. ^ "PD Stories Podcast". A&E.
  20. ^ "Breaking News - A&E Network Greenlights K-9 Competition Series "Top Dog" (w.t.) from the Producers of Hit Series "Live PD," Big Fish Entertainment -".

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