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The popular program reveals who and what sheriff’s deputies have to deal with behind bars.
The daily duties and encounters of detention deputies at the Sheriff’s Orient Road and Falkenburg Road jails are the subject matter of National Geographic Channel’s “Lockdown’’
reality television show.
National Geographic production staff spent two weeks at both jails in mid-2010 to capture footage for an hour-long episode of the popular series. The program on HCSO’s jails is titled, “Lockdown: Officers Under Siege.’’
Colonel Jim Previtera, commander of the Sheriff’s Department of Detention Services, said the television program will help illuminate the public as to what detention deputies face daily.
“The National Geographic production provides the public and viewers across the United States an accurate and true portrayal of the professionalism and character of the men and women of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office,’’ Previtera said. “The show reinforces the reputation of our jails as one of the most respected detention systems in our country, while capturing a brief look at the challenges faced by our staff every day.”
The program can be seen on Sunday, Jan. 2, 2011 at 10 a.m. on the National Geographic Channel