Dragnet 1967: Season 3, Episode 3

Community Relations: DR-10 (3 Oct. 1968)

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Friday and Gannon are at a community college to recruit potential new police officers. With race relations a little tense in late '60s Los Angeles, a majority of the men in the room are ... See full summary »

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Friday and Gannon are at a community college to recruit potential new police officers. With race relations a little tense in late '60s Los Angeles, a majority of the men in the room are African-American. A few of them are dubious about joining the police service. But a few are open to the idea. Later, Officer Dave Robers, also African-American, is rethinking returning to duty after being badly wounded during a robbery. Relations with his neighbors have soured and he thinks it's affecting him on the job. Friday and Gannon try to talk him out of resigning. Roberts leaved things up in the air. A few days later, Friday and Gannon are downtown when a call regarding a business disturbance comes over the radio. They are a few blocks away and decide to lend assistance. As it turns out Officer Roberts has responded to the call and is sorting things out on his own as Friday and Gannon observe. After everything is resolved, Roberts notices the two detectives watching from the doorway. Friday ... Written by EmBee

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When asked about starting pay Officer Evans states that upon entering the Police Academy he would receive $715.00 a month. After adjusting for inflation, that would be equivalent to $4,800 in 2013. See more »

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This one is worth seeing just to see the surprise guest stars.
22 November 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Wow. At one point in the show, Joe and Bill are talking to a handsome lieutenant. He looked a bit familiar, like a football player or something, so I looked him up on IMDb. It turns out this is Rafer Johnson--the 1956 decathlon silver medalist and the 1960 gold medalist! That's pretty unexpected and kind of cool. Another shock came soon afterwords, as within a room filled with prospective applicants to the police force is O.J. Simpson--and in hindsight, it's probably good the police did NOT allow him into the academy!

This episode finds Friday and Gannon doing police recruiting. In particular, they are looking to get more minorities on the force. The show begins with them addressing a group of black applicants and they decide that they could use some help next time. This help is having a well-respected black officer address them, as squares like Friday and Gannon naturally have a more difficult time with relating to this audience. Don Marshall stars as Officer Evans and at first his meeting with the men seems very positive. However, when Friday and Gannon later find out that Evans is quitting the force, they go to Evans' home and try to keep him on the force.

Overall, it's nice to see the show was trying in this and several episodes to address minorities--in particular the needs of black Americans. For the late 1960s, "Dragnet" was actually pretty progressive in this respect--even if it all looks a bit dated today.


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