Dragnet 1967: Season 2, Episode 26

The Investigation (14 Mar. 1968)

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The police academy are accepting applications from people who want to join the police force. Friday and Gannon help with the interview process.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Patten ...
Sgt. Gene Markley
Don Stewart ...
Harry Lanham
Gene Boland ...
Howard Digby
Susan Seaforth Hayes ...
Virna Lanham (as Susan Seaforth)
Herbert Anderson ...
Carl Shumley (as Herb Anderson)
Dennis McCarthy ...
Leonard Robbins
Roy Engel ...
Art Turnbull
Mercer Harris ...
Fred Hiller
Chief of Mintville
Bert Holland ...
Ed Swift
Ed Deemer ...
Chief Oxley


The police academy are accepting applications from people who want to join the police force. Friday and Gannon help with the interview process.

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Crime | Drama | Mystery




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Mundane but interesting
21 November 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

One of the purposes of the show "Dragnet" was to show the full range of types of jobs that police detectives do. That's why Friday and Gannon do something no real police would ever do--bounce from department to department within the L.A. Police Department. In other words, in one show they work homicide, in another they work community affairs and another they work juvenile. In addition, some of the shows seem pretty mundane--again, to show the real work police do--something you'll rarely see on other police shows, if at all. Some odd examples they talked about in various shows are working for Internal Affiars, doing an interrogation, undergoing an examination of a shooting board, attending lectures being given by pyramid scheme cons, the trial board and here, working with the police to interview and investigate the background on candidates for the police academy.

This show begins with Friday serving on a review board with two private citizens. Their job is to do interviews with the candidates and I was surprised how short they were. Perhaps this was just shortened for the sake of the show. Later, Friday and Gannon are given the assignment to go on a road trip to check out references on various candidates--one of which apparently has a lot to hide.

As I said above, this is pretty mundane but considering other shows ignore everything except murder investigations, kidnappings and the like, it's a nice departure from the stereotype of police work.

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