More than two decades ago, Chick Huettel was serving in the Memphis Police Reserves when he joined forces with two others in the unit to produce the public TV show "Behind the Badge."
"It was an innovative show at the time," said Huettel. "We showed where crimes were taking place in town and what to be looking for."
The show was produced at Memphis State University and appeared on Public TV.
Huettel said it was so well received that the show earned a public service award in Tennessee.
The half-hour show ran four or five years, seven days a week.
When Huettel moved to Santa Rosa Beach, he joined the sheriff's auxiliary posse.
At this point in time, however, Huettel said he is getting too old to chase people, but thought another "Behind the Gold Badge" show would be helpful in this growing community. He approached 30A TV owner Paul Vizard eight months ago with the idea, then got the blessing of the sheriff and "Behind the Gold Star" was launched.
In production now for eight months, Huettel, in cooperation with Vizard and 30A TV has produced six "Behind the Gold Star" episodes. During the show, he interviews Walton County Sheriff's Office detectives, those who work in everything from rape crisis to community services.
For the show, the Walton County Sheriff's Office supplies information on where local crimes have been reported.
To help illustrate the various areas, Huettel and Vizard are preparing a large map to show where incidents have occurred throughout Walton County.
"It's in its early stages and eventually a viewer will be able to see exactly where, what kind of crime was committed, when crimes occur in their neighborhood and what to be on the lookout for. It will show areas where people need to be aware of burglaries or break-ins," said Huettel.
The show airs seven days a week around 3 or 4 p.m., and 7 p.m.
However, since there is not a local Public TV station, Huettel said they are dependent on sponsors and more are needed.
"We're not trying to make a profit, just air and make citizens aware," he said.
Contact Huettel through the Walton County Sheriff's Office or 30A TV.