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Real Battle Creek police chief reacts to new CBS cop show

Battle Creek Police patch.
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The city of Battle Creek was in the CBS spotlight last night.

The network premiered its new police "dramedy" from Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan.

"Battle Creek" focuses on a pair of very  mismatched law enforcement officers: FBI agent Milt Chamberlain, played by Josh Duhamel, and Battle Creek detective Russ Agnew, played by Dean Winters.

The show portrays an underfunded Battle Creek police department. The department is understaffed and has faulty equipment.

There's crime, comedy, action, and it’s all set in Battle Creek, Michigan -- although not shot there.

Critic Cory Barker of TV.com calls Battle Creek “messy but charming.”

We wondered how the new show is being received by the Battle Creek police department.

Battle Creek Police Department Chief Jim Blocker joined us to talk about it.