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T.J. HOOKER PRESSROOM : GLOBE WEEKLY ARTICLE

"You'll never get ME on the beat"
– SAYS TOP TV COP
GLOBE WEEKLY

November 13, 1984

Richard Herd and his TV daughter Heather Locklear are all smiles in this photo. But Herd, who plays the top cop on T.J. Hooker, says you could never pay him enough money to be a policeman in real life.

"The work is just too dangerous," explains Herd, who co-stars as Captain Dennis Sheridan on the police series.

"I've had a chance to ride on night patrol with big-city policemen, take target practice on police firing ranges, and visit morgues. It's a war out there – gruesome. Our police departments often must serve as human-garbage disposal units."

Playing the father of TV's sexiest cop, Heather Locklear and the commanding officer of the series star, William Shatner, keeps Herd in touch with policemen all across America.

"Every time I go to a celebrity fundraiser for various charities throughout the country, I always make it a point to contact the local police department and meet with their officers," he told GLOBE. "And if there's something I can do to help them while I'm in their town, I'll do it."

Herd, 49, adds: "There are two kinds of people – hunters and victims.

"I have a lot of friends who've been mugged, robbed, hurt, victimized. And why? There aren't enough people in the police department to be on the street.

"We're beginning to be outnumbered, the victims. We don't have the foot patrols we used to have. We have fewer patrol cars going through neighborhoods. They're working on one-man patrol cars.

"The more we cut the budget, the harder it gets to bring young people into the police departments. So the hunters are going to outnumber us.

"That's why I posed for the Los Angeles Police Department's official recruiting poster. Anything I can do to support policemen everywhere, I will.

"The real heroes out there are the men in blue. And we should never forget it."








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