Bismarck PD gets approval to take roles in TV shows

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BISMARCK, N.D. - Bismarck Police Officers got the green light from city commissioners to appear in two new television shows this year on Tuesday.

Four sergeants from the Bismarck Police Department will cast their lines on American Heroes Outdoors this summer.

"They take Vets, and law enforcement out and take them hunting, and hear their stories in a stressless environment where they can unwind and talk about it, without seeming like they're burdening someone," said Sgt. Lyle Sinclair, Bismarck Police Department.

Not only will officers get a chance to showcase their off-duty passions, but also highlight what they do in their communities.

K9 handler Joseph Benke competed in the first Season of America's Top Dog.

"Going through it, it was a lot of fun, and knowing that I might not get an opportunity like that ever in my life, it's something I will cherish," said Benke.

But now, the handlers will get the chance to show off their dogs again.

"It's the desire to go back and show what you've done, that's one thing in law enforcement, when you've put in the work you can show what you've done," said Sinclair

With the support of the community,

"Knowing that we have the backing of the community and their support of us, being able to show the city in a good light is big for us," said Benke.

Taking the big stage, from the small city of Bismarck.

The America's Top Dog episodes featuring Bismarck Police K9s and their handlers will air over the next two weeks.

Bismarck Police Department Sgt. Dan Salander and his dog Bala will appear on Feb. 19, followed by Joseph Benke and Mesa on the Feb. 26.