Grand County Sheriff’s Office featured in new TV series |

Grand County Sheriff’s Office featured in new TV series

Residents of Grand County will want to set their DVRs in July when the Grand County Sheriff’s Office heads to the small screen with the premier of National Geographic’s new show Rocky Mountain Law.

The show will premier Wednesday, July 15, at 7 p.m. on the National Geographic channel. A sneak peek of Rocky Mountain Law will be shown on the same channel on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m.

Photographers and film crews from National Geographic spent several months this winter traveling with sheriff’s deputies as well as deputies from Boulder and Eagle counties to film the unique terrain and challenges law enforcement officers face in the pine covered forests of the high Rockies.

Lt. Dan Mayer, public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office, explained that film crews began riding with Grand County deputies last November. They continued to film with the deputies intermittently through March.

“The format of the show is closer to Alaska State Troopers than Cops,” said Lt. Mayer. “They weren’t just looking for police action. They wanted things unique to rural mountain agencies.”

Mayer explained the National Geographic film crews were especially interested in how the department conducted search and rescue operations, backcountry patrolling and how the department deals with extreme cold weather.

National Geographic film crews also rode along with deputies on snowmobile patrols, capturing incredible winter footage. The Sheriff’s Office conducts snowmobile patrols in Grand County on trails within the national forest. They have four main patrol areas in Grand County: the North Trail System by Grand Lake, Corona Pass, the Waterboard Road and Church’s Park.

Lt. Mayer said he was uncertain if the GCSD was in the first episode of the series but believed the department would headline the second episode.

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