McKenzie plays a rookie patrol cop in the Los Angeles-based series Southland, premiering this Thursday (Apr. 9) on NBC, and has gotten chummy with the real LAPD as a result of his new role.
Thus far, hes been on several ride-alongs and has had many conversations with LAPD advisors about their profession.
It also helps that every cop extra on Southland is an actual police officer, and make themselves available whenever castmembers have questions.
McKenzie has gotten so acquainted with police, theyve even told him stories about typical rookie initiations.
Hes learned that old school cops are brutal on their trainees and often make them ride in the trunk of the squad car if they cant answer simple procedural questions.
McKenzie says the LAPD is definitely hierarchical but knows exactly how a newbie should handle it.
He explains, An ideal rookie has big ears, big eyes, and no mouth. Just shut up and take it.
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