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On Patrol Back on the Air


Thursday, May 2, 2013
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After a two-year hiatus, On Patrol — the locally produced reality show chronicling life on the streets as experienced by officers with the Santa Barbara Police Department — will soon be hitting the airwaves and coaxial cables of KEYT again. City Administrator Jim Armstrong pulled the plug on the show — most popular with the young male demographic — in August 2011, claiming the show’s producer, Ira Distenfield, who’d worked closely with the chief and the police union until that point, was $30,000 behind in payments to City Hall. Distenfield sued, charging breach of contract. He also claimed that Karen Flores, the department’s former business manager now facing embezzlement charges, skimmed off some of the payments he insists he made. After a protracted legal battle, the two sides settled under terms allowing both to claim victory. Included in those terms are conditions allowing Distenfield to broadcast episodes he shot before Armstrong stopped the show but never aired.

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Probably one of the WORST shot and edited shows ever to hit the airwaves.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 2, 2013 at 9:53 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Wayne! I think I am gonna to hurl! Gee I wonder if they will record any off the tasings or beatings?

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
May 2, 2013 at 12:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Is it syndicated?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 2, 2013 at 12:25 p.m. (Suggest removal)

you are in luck bimbo...the police are having one of their coffee clutch with concerned citizens dealio May 8th at a coffee place in town.

here's your opportunity to get all your questions answered...about the beatings, tasing, corruption. take a video to record their answers. go for it.

love to hear your report.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
May 2, 2013 at 12:49 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Yes, what would be my lead question? "Hello, I was wondering, How does one get tased?"

I am a visionary, I foresee this as the response to my questions: "Due to the fact that this is an ongoing matter, I cannot comment at this time".

Basically the standard amount of transparency shown by the SBPD.

Perhaps an ON PATROL episode can accompany Cam Sanchez into one of his upcoming meetings where he gives the latest updates to the City Council? I would be glued to that episode.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
May 2, 2013 at 1:50 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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