Cops in the Woods

At Maine Crime Writers today I have a more reflective post concerning "North Woods Law," the new reality TV show on the Animal Planet that features the Maine Warden Service. The series, which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. (check your local listings), plays up the drama of being a conservation officer. The Warden Service definitely took a risk when it made the decision to go public to a national audience—the work wardens do isn't isn't always pretty or without controversy. There might well be some blowback. The better scenario is that increases awareness of the need for conservation law enforcement in Maine and helps reverse a trend of leaner budgets for the department.