The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) took the center stage when the police procedural TV drama, ADAM-12 was aired from September 21, 1968, to May 20, 1975. Jack Webb (creator of Dragnet) and Pete Malloy created ADAM-12, which starred Kent McCord as Jim Reed and Martin Milner as Pete Malloy. Reed and Malloy depicted the daily lives of police officers. ADAM-12 introduced the specialized language and procedures of the police to the American public. The police officers in Division One or the Central Division has jurisdiction over Downtown, Los Angeles. Having a designation of 1-ADAM-12 means that Reed and Mallow work for Division 1, A (phonetics : Adam) unit, with patrol car number 12.
Every episode in ADAM-12 was derived from real cases. The names were merely changed to preserve the safety of the innocent. The episodes also contained incidents that the actual police officers during their shift. Malloy has a Distinguished Expert medal for shooting, while Reed had a Sharpshooter medal. Occasionally, the personal lives of the two police officers came up. As expected, their personal lives are often connected to their work. Reed has a wife named Jean, played by Kristin Nelson, while Malloy is a single man whose latest girlfriend was Judy, played by Aneta Corsaut. Reed and Jean become parents later on.