By Sandra Kraisirideja
National Geographic Channel is observing President’s Day with the premiere of “Secret Service Files” on Feb. 20 and 21.
The four-part series reveals the inner workings of the Secret Service, which is charged with protecting the nation’s economic security, foreign leaders and the president. The organization’s operations in Colombia, New York City, Miami, and the United Nations are each the focus of one show.
The series attempts to spotlight the lesser known duties of the Secret Service that involve combating counterfeit money and stopping financial crime, digital terrorism, identity theft and credit card fraud.
It’s dry material that may hold interest for anyone who is fascinated by the inner workings of law enforcement. The show goes to great lengths to point out how the Secret Service has to be protective of its methods and agents, which is odd information to share during a show that is being broadcast on television. One can’t help but wonder if a show that reveals, even to a small degree, how the Secret Service accomplishes its tasks is wise?
A bit more entertaining for general audiences is “Blue Collar Dogs,” which premieres on Nat Geo Wild Feb. 21 with “Canine MD.” Additional episodes include “Border Hounds” and “New York Police.”
“Canine MD” was the best of the three episodes. In addition to a segment on seeing eye dogs, the show featured many other assistant-type dogs that are not as well know. There are dogs that can help the deaf and wheelchair-bound. Dogs are even being used to help diagnose disease through their powerful sense of smell.
‘Canine MD” shared a lot of new information regarding the advancements in canine assistance and had some great stories. “Border Hounds” and “New York Police” are all about police dogs. which are mainly used to find narcotics and take down criminals. The episodes didn’t offer anything new in terms of how the dogs are trained and their abilities. These shows may hold some interest for dog lovers who like to see humans being taken down by well-trained canines.
“Blue Collar Dogs” special begins at 8 p.m. Feb. 21 on Nat Geo Wild. “Secret Service Files” will air at 8 p.m. on Feb. 20 and continue on Feb. 21.
Photos courtesy National Geographic Channel.