Steven Seagal: Lawman

Tuesday 3 August, 11:20pm on Five USA

Movie star and martial arts don Steven Seagal turns deputy sheriff in this exciting reality series. In the first episode this week, deputies pursue a suspect through a maze of back gardens, and Steven introduces John to some eastern medicine. In the second instalment, police hunt men wanted in connection with a murder, and Steven meets a family who are rebuilding their home after Hurricane Katrina. “I make a living in the movies, but for the last 20 years I’ve also been a cop,” says Steven Seagal. “Along with some of the finest deputies on the force, I serve the people of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.” Steven was sworn in as a reservist deputy sheriff for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) in the late 1980s at the request of then-sheriff Henry Lee, after he helped train recruits in the ways of martial arts. “It can be very dangerous out on the streets,” Steven says. “But nothing is more important than protecting the people of this parish and honouring the name of Harry Lee.” In the first episode, the team responds to reports of suspicious behaviour. When one young man flees, the cops give chase through streets and back gardens. Steven eventually spots the lad hiding under a shed. When questioned, the boy claims to have outstanding warrants – but his records are clean. It transpires police have yet to process the lad’s paperwork, and he is free to go. Elsewhere, the cops spot a man driving erratically ahead of them. It is readily apparently that the bourbon-swigging driver is unfit to be on the road. While police arrange for a taxi to pick him up, the man recognises Steven. “I don’t like you, but my wife loves you,” he says. However, the driver makes an enemy of Steven by impugning the authenticity of his film fights. “He’s stunting! I don’t believe he could fight like that,” he says – much to the amusement of Steven’s colleagues. Meanwhile, Steven helps Col John Fortunato’s aches and pains by introducing him to Chinese medicine. “I went to Asia in the late 60s to study the martial arts, Buddhism, herbology and oriental medicine,” Steven explains. “I have been studying and practising on people as a healer ever since.” Already anxious around needles, John is shocked when Steven applies an acupuncture needle to his arm. The experience proves to be relatively painless, and John returns to the surgery later that week for further treatment on his injured knee. “We’ve been chasing suspects all week. I’d be willing to try anything to get some relief,” he says.

Tuesday 27 July, 11:20pm on Five USA

Movie star, martial arts don and musician Steven Seagal turns deputy sheriff in this exciting reality series. Cameras follow Steven in his parttime role as a reservist lawman with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. In the first episode this week, the deputies investigate an incident with a gun, and Steven spends time befriending members of the community. In the second episode, officers respond when a man is shot in the back, and the team undergoes firearms training. “I make a living in the movies, but for the last 20 years I’ve also been a cop,” says Steven Seagal. “Along with some of the finest deputies on the force, I serve the people of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.” Steven was sworn in as a reservist deputy sheriff for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) in the late 1980s at the request of then-sheriff Henry Lee, after he helped train recruits in the ways of martial arts. “It can be very dangerous out on the streets,” Steven says. “But nothing is more important than protecting the people of this parish and honouring the name of Harry Lee.” In the first episode, the team responds to reports of a man brandishing a gun. “When there’s the possibility of guns being involved, all my senses are on high alert,” Steven says. The suspect is detained, but not before Cpt Alex Norman spots him disposing of his weapon. Steven searches the man and discovers a thick roll of cash in his pocket. The deputies scan the area for drugs that the suspect might have been selling, without success. “The good news is we got a gun off the street,” Steven says. The man, who was on probation, is subsequently sentenced to ten years in jail. Steven takes time out to reflect on his mentor, the late sheriff of Jefferson Parish, Harry Lee. Sheriff Lee placed a great emphasis on improving community relations. “Being a police officer is not so much about getting the bad guy as being a friend to the good guy,” Steven explains. The team stops in one neighbourhood to chat with residents and put a human face on the officers. “Steven Seagal working with the sheriff’s office gives us an opportunity to break the ice,” Sgt Larry Dyess remarks.

Tuesday 20 July, 11:20pm on Five USA

Movie star, martial arts don and musician Steven Seagal turns deputy sheriff in this exciting reality series. Cameras follow Steven in his part-time role as a reservist lawman with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana. In the first episode this week, Steven trains a pair of attack dogs and the deputies respond to a 911 call. In the second episode, the team patrols one of the shadiest parts of the city, and Steven visits a drug rehabilitation centre. “I make a living in the movies, but for the last 20 years I’ve also been a cop,” says Steven Seagal. “Along with some of the finest deputies on the force, I serve the people of Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.” Steven was sworn in as a reservist deputy sheriff for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office (JPSO) in the late 1980s at the request of then-sheriff Henry Lee, after he helped train recruits in the ways of martial arts. “It can be very dangerous out on the streets,” Steven says. “But nothing is more important than protecting the people of this parish and honouring the name of Henry Lee.” In the first episode, Steven and the team race to the scene of a reported burglary. “This could be a very, very dangerous situation,” Steven says. “The subject could be feeling cornered and desperate.” Officers send in a trained police dog to sniff out the suspect. However, a close inspection of the property indicates that the would-be burglar has slipped from the police’s grasp. The burglary prompts Steven to reflect on another aspect of home security. “Locks and alarms are not everything,” he says. “In my home I have trained attack dogs.” Steven has just added a new canine, Frankie, to his household. He calls on two experts to train Frankie to work with his other dog, Kar. The trio test the dogs by riling them up and have them attack a pretend intruder. It is readily apparent that Frankie and Kar need some rigorous training before they will obey commands. “As strong as I am, I’m having a hard time keeping these guys from killing each other,” Steven says of the ferocious beasts.

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