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Camera crew films Alaska State Troopers for reality show in Fairbanks

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Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2011 11:31 pm | Updated: 1:20 pm, Wed Jan 16, 2013.

FAIRBANKS — If you happen to see Alaska State Troopers going about their work this week and notice a camera crew nearby, don’t be surprised — it’s only the production team for the eponymous reality show show that airs on the National Geographic Channel.

A camera crew has been riding with Fairbanks-based troopers since Monday and are expected to continue filming in the area for several more days, said Trooper Lt. Ron Wall. Depending on the nature of the troopers’ calls, however, the crew could find themselves going farther afield.

“They’ve been in Fairbanks on routine patrol, but our patrol area goes halfway to Delta and halfway to Nenana,” said Wall.

Wall declined to give specifics about individual calls except to say the camera crew had been present during a vehicle pursuit.

“I’m not aware of every call that they went to. I know they rode with my night shift and my sergeant assigned them to patrol units,” Wall said.

The unit the camera crew is initially assigned to might not be the one they end up with. Troopers often are required to spend a lot of time doing paperwork during the course of a call, so the cameras will get picked up by another unit in the hope of encountering action exciting enough for television.

“They are a pretty flexible crew,” said Wall.

After receiving a tip about cameras and trooper activity at Gulliver’s Books Monday night, the Daily News-Miner contacted store owner Dave Hollingsworth, who confirmed the television crew had been at his store for what turned out to be a false alarm.

“The first trooper got there and said his backup was coming, and a Nat Geo film crew was coming with them. I was fine with that. It was all handled very professionally. The troopers were really fabulous.” Hollingsworth said.

Hollingsworth said he did not speak to the camera crew and they did not enter his store.

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