One of my Blog friends, Goddess over at Hott Cops, had given us cop tv show fans a heads up on a new program that was launched on A&E. Being a curious person, I checked out their website at http://www.chicagoparanormaldetectives.com/.
The show uses the acronym CPD for “Chicago Paranormal Detectives, ” but anyone who lives in the city of Chicago knows that CPD stands for Chicago Police Department. And therein lies the rub, so to speak. I do not have cable tv, but she does, and she posted a couple of shots from her blog.
Besides the cigar hanging out of the guy’s mouth, what caught my eye was his patch. It was not a Chicago Police Department patch. I know since I’ve seen Mr Novio’s plenty of times. That got me into the staring mode. The hat was also missing the familiar checkerboard look that you see on Chicago Police hats.
Chicago Sun Times writers Frank Main and Annie Sweeney had the title header for their article on this program right: Ghostbusting’ suburban cops land TV gig.
On the program’s Facebook Page, I found the disclaimer at the very bottom of the left sidebar for those are a little confused about whether these guys are Chicago Police.
Aside from our television series, we continue to provide people with confidential investigations and the peace of mind of knowing that if they “need help”, it is available from the only known paranormal investigative group of its kind.
www.chicagoparanormaldetectives.com * (not affiliated with the chicago police department)
What they do say is this:
C.P.D. is a private Chicagoland based group of professionals who are off duty, certified Police Officers and Evidence Technicians specializing in paranormal investigations.
I mentioned to Goddess, who is not from Illinois or Chicago, that Chicagoland is a term used by many of us that generally denotes the suburban area that encompasses the surrounding area of the City of Chicago, but not necessarily in the City of Chicago.
I have seen the term Chicagoland used to entice businesses to sign up to participate in expos that were out in the suburbs, not even easily accessible via public transportation. Once an employee of a friend of mine called to tell me they were coming to Chicago to do a trade show. I was looking forward to meeting everyone until I found out that it was at Rosemont, hardly a hop, skip and a jump away for a girl who lives closer to the lakefront than the western edge of the city and has no wheels. This was a surprise for them, too, since they thought they were booking a show in the city.
The concept for the term Chicagoland started around 1950, when the US Census created the MSA (Metropolitan Statistical Area) of Chicago and other metropolitan communities. In this case, Chicagoland includes Chicago. However, I am one of many people who think of Chicagoland as the surburban and collar areas, since I live in Chicago, not Chicagoland. It may very well be a geographic demographic that uses the term to include Chicago, versus others who consider this to be code for the suburbs.
Goddess and I have been discussing how misleading the way the program is positioned. Not being a Chicagoan, at first she was under the impression that these were all Chicago Police Department officers. When I looked at the materials on their website and Facebook page, except for that disclaimer I mentioned, it is very easy to think these are police from the City of Chicago.
Check out her blog post that got our conversation going:
Either way, the concept could be intriguing if you are into paranormal topics.