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TV show follows real-life success of IMPD homicide unit

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Indianapolis - They catch killers in Indianapolis and people around the world are watching.
Season Two of "The Shift" premiered Wednesday night, featuring IMPD's elite homicide unit.

Some of Indianapolis' finest enjoyed a rare moment of down time Wednesday evening. The team of Indianapolis detectives celebrated their second season as stars of a real-life drama, by watching the first episode at a premiere party downtown.

"The Shift" is a television show on Investigation Discovery. It follows the men and women of Metro Homicide's middle shift, catching criminals in Indianapolis. A camera crew records their every move on the job, profiling what it takes to solve a murder.

"When we first started, we were sort of aware that the cameras were there, but now we're sort of in the flow of things in the second season and now you really don't even know they're there," said IMPD Detective Todd Lappin.

What started as a few episodes is now ID Discovery's top-rated show. IMPD Homicide works its cases 24-7. It solves them and gains convictions more than most cities nationwide. That's why producers chose Indianapolis to film "The Shift."

"And a lot of cities, a lot of larger cities don't have a 24-hour cover," Lappin explained.

When the sun goes down, the shift hits its stride: keeping the streets of Indianapolis safe.

"We're up for two days straight maybe, chasing down leads, looking at evidence, going where the case takes us," Lappin said.

Like last season's episode which took them to Fort Wayne to solve a double murder in Broad Ripple. They've also traveled to Chicago, Atlanta and Texas as part of an investigation.

Although the TV exposure has given them some star-power and recognition from people on the streets, for The Shift, it's about solving crimes. In fact, a break in a case cut Wednesday's premiere party short for Detective Lappin.

"It's going to take me to Gary tonight. I could easily say the heck with it, do it tomorrow morning, but this is what we do."

He was back on the road, chasing down the next lead.

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