Memphis police won't renew 'First 48' contract

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Police say "The First 48" TV show won't be returning to Memphis.

The reality cable show focuses on homicide investigations, and contracts with police in Memphis and other U.S. cities to tape law enforcement detectives on the job.

The show's contract with Memphis recently expired and police director Larry Godwin announced Tuesday that he will not renew the agreement.

Godwin's decision follows warnings that the broadcasts could interfere with efforts to prosecute suspected killers.

Godwin said in a statement that the main job of his department is solving crimes -- not helping make TV shows.

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