From a media release:
- A Ten Part Canadian Docu-soap Series
The Beat presents a gritty, behind-the-scenes look at the challenges faced by the Beat Enforcement Team’s Squad Three, as they tirelessly work to maintain order in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside community. The Beat premieres with back-to-back episodes Sunday, July 11 at 10pm and 10:30pm on Citytv.
With unprecedented access to the police that patrol one of the most controversial neighbourhoods in Canada, and all of North America, audiences can see rooming house raids, undercover sting operations, stakeouts, petty thieves and major drug busts, all through the eyes of six members of the Beat Enforcement Team.
Led in turn by Sergeant Toby Hinton, a 20-year veteran of the beat and newly minted Sergeant Mark Steinkampf, a former jail guard and SWAT team member, Squad Three features Constable Shane Aitken, a veteran of the first Gulf War and model of poise under pressure; Constable Tim Russell, the unit’s youngest and most precocious member; and Constable Kristie Fisher, who struggles to balance the rigor of her daily patrols with family life. Overseeing the squad is inspector John McKay, a well-respected 35-year veteran on the force.
The Beat was created and executive produced by Michael Kronish. Lewis Cohen (Cirque Du Soleil: Fire Within) and Gregory Fine (Webdreams) are supervising producers. Todd Serotiuk (Ice Pilots NWT) and Eli Gorn (Buy Me) directed. Stacey Tenenbaum (Mystery Hunters) produces. Galafilm exec producers are Arnie Gelbart and Jesse Fawcett. The Beat was produced in association Citytv with the participation of the Rogers Cable Network Fund, the Quebec Tax Credit Program administered by SODEC and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit.