The officers of the Rapid Action and Patrols unit take down the Gold Coast's biggest lawbreakers.
The officers of the Rapid Action and Patrols unit take down the Gold Coast's biggest lawbreakers. Channel 10

Follow our frontline heroes as they take down criminals

THE dark underbelly of the Glitter Strip will be exposed in a new documentary TV series.

Gold Coast Cops sees cameras follow an elite group of police officers tasked with taking down the Coast's biggest criminals.

Whether it's a drug bust, raid or pursuit, the action is captured thanks to some intrepid cameramen, GoPro cameras strapped to officers in the line of duty and even aerial footage shot from helicopters.

"I'd done a lot of media previously, so I didn't think much of it, but boy oh boy it's a bit of shock," Superintendent Jim Keogh told APN.

"They're (the cameras) there when you get to work in the morning, so you've got to have the confidence in your staff as far as their professionalism goes because it's on display for all of Australia to see.

"When we're smashing down the door they're there; they're in the car in some of the pursuits and they're privy to the helicopter footage. But they're also privy to the lighter side of the elite taskforce. They're well-trained but they're also members of the community."

Supt Keogh was transferred from Brisbane to command the original Taskforce Takeback, which was created to respond to last year's Broadbeach brawl.

Gold Coast Police Superintendent Jim Keogh.
Gold Coast Police Superintendent Jim Keogh. Rob Maccoll

The taskforce has since expanded to become the current Rapid Action and Patrols unit, the focus of the new show.

"We've gone from 50 (officers) at Taskforce Takeback, focusing solely on motorcycle gangs, to 100 keeping an eye on the criminal motorcycle gangs and offences in progress like assault, robbery and planned target operations," he said.

"I think the public is curious to see how a contemporary law enforcement agency goes about restoring law and order, and in this particular case it's in the entertainment capital of Australia."

Supt Keogh also hopes the series sheds light on the need for the Newman Government's controversial crackdown on bikie gangs.

"It wouldn't matter if I had the greatest police in the Southern Hemisphere. I need to have the muscle of this legislation," he said.

"I'd done raids here previously only to find they'd beat me back out on to the street. I think it's a reality check.

"The criminal motorcycle gangs know that they're playing for keeps with this new legislation. It's not a slap on the wrist.

"We need to be open and transparent so the public can see we aren't abusing the legislation and the public are entitled to see what the police are doing to curb what was a problem."

Actor Samuel Johnson, star of Rush and The Secret Life of Us, narrates the series.

Gold Coast Cops debuts tomorrow at 7.30pm on Channel 10.