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Winston Deleon of BPD in a scene from TNT’s “Boston’s Finest.”

*Donnie Wahlberg may play a cop on TV, but he’s bringing the real thing to TNT next week in a new reality series that follows police officers in his hometown of Boston.

Aptly titled “Boston’s Finest,” the show is not just a Boston version of the popular Fox series “Cops,” Wahlberg insists.

“First and foremost, I grew up in Boston. And I would not be allowed back in the city if I just simply tried to make a Boston version of ‘Cops,’” said the former New Kids on the Block member, who plays an NYPD detective on CBS’ “Blue Bloods.”

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Members of BPD’s Gang Unit in a scene from TNT’s “Boston’s Finest”

Unlike “Cops,” which only followed officers on the beat, “Boston’s Finest” tracks the men and women of the entire Boston Police Department – from beat officers to detectives, SWAT, fugitive and special task forces and members of the elite Gang Unit.

“It’s a very it was a very delicate process putting the show together because the cops who were in the show grew up in neighborhoods that I grew up in,” Wahlberg told us during interviews for the series. “A bunch of them live on a street that my older brother lives on. We found it very important to make a show that represented Boston in the right way.”

Wahlberg continues his comment below, saying it was vital to him that Boston have a reality series that doesn’t make a mockery of its unique accent and idiosyncrasies.

“Boston’s Finest” premieres Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 9 p.m. Scroll down to check out several of the cast members and to watch the first five minutes of the season premiere.

BF arajuoDIAMANTINO “D” ARAUJO
Age: 33
Hometown: Cape Verde Island – moved to Roxbury, Mass., at age 10
Unit: Gang (Day)
Title/Rank: Officer
Years on Force: 7
“D” Araujo grew up in Roxbury with his best friend and partner, Manny Canuto. They ended up both going to the academy. Now, they work to protect their old neighborhood from gang violence. A little less than a year ago, “D” was involved in a shooting on the job that left him unharmed but shaken. Months later, every day continues to be part of his mental and emotional recovery. Going home every night to his wife and two kids is only a reminder of how much he puts on the line every time he goes to work.
skye robinsonSKYE ROBINSON:
Age: 32
Hometown: Roxbury, Mass.
Unit: Gang (Day)
Title/Rank: Officer
Years on Force: 7
Legacy: Aunt and uncle were in the BPD.
Standing barely five feet tall and with a bright smile that lights up any room, Skye Robinson isn’t a typical Gang Unit officer. But she’s as tough as any cop in Boston, which has earned her the respect of her peers and a reputation for reliability and resilience in rough situations. Skye and Manny Canuto also recently discovered they had a connection: They were born in the same hospital on the same day within the same hour.
terrique chambersTERRIQUE CHAMBERS
Age: 29
Home: Jamaica. Moved to Roslindale at age 9.
Unit: Gang (Night)
Title/Rank: Officer
Years on Force: 6
Terrique Chambers has two passions in life: his police work, and his family – which includes his son Jaylen, who is autistic. Terrique, a former Marine, works nights so he can spend more time at home, and he says learning about autism has made him a more patient person – and maybe even a more patient cop. Meanwhile, Terrique’s wife Scherlaine, his high school sweetheart, has a newfound love for Crossfit weight training, and her strength has led some of her husband’s fellow officers to wonder if she is the strongest member of the family. They have no doubt found strength in each other in confronting autism, and have even talked about starting a cupcake business to raise money and awareness for the issue.
GREG MCCORMICKGREG MCCORMICK
Age: 32
Hometown: Dorchester, MA.
Unit: Gang (Night)
Title/Rank: Officer
Years on Force: 7
Legacy: Sister also in BPD.
Greg McCormick thought about doing a lot of things with his life, including becoming a nurse. But after seeing his sister join the Boston Police Department, he decided he’d follow in her footsteps – now, here he is, working nights for the gang unit. A cool but imposing presence on the streets, Greg is a persistent cop who isn’t going to let go when a criminal gets away. At home, Greg has a girlfriend and two kids, and occasionally has to find the energy to watch over the house to give Lanita, his girlfriend, a chance to spend a night out on the town.
MYLES LAWTONMYLES LAWTON
Age: 36
Hometown: Hyde Park, MA.
Unit: Gang (Night)
Title/Rank: Officer
Years on Force: 7
Legacy: Father was on the police force in Cambridge, MA.
Myles Lawton has long known the cost that crime and drugs can inflict on their victims. His father, who had a drug problem, died in a drug deal gone bad. Losing a loved one in that way means he will never forget what’s at stake on the streets every night. After a career in the Army that took him around the world, Myles is back in his native Boston, where each night he leaves behind the people who mean the most to him: his large family. He has two kids from a previous marriage; his girlfriend Kendrah has three from a previous marriage; and they have one child together. It’s hard raising such a big family on a cop’s salary, but to Myles, there’s no work that’s more important, and he wouldn’t give it up for anything.
WINSTON DELEONWINSTON DELEON
Age: 38
Hometown: Trinidad. Moved to Boston age 17.
Unit: Fugitive
Title/Rank: Officer
Years on Force: 9
Winston DeLeon was born and raised in Trinidad. He served in the United States Army and then worked for Massachusetts Department of Correction before becoming a BPD officer. As a nine-year veteran on the force, Winston is well respected among his peers, and enjoys waking up everyday to do what he loves – serving the city he now calls home. The Trinidadian has a large, loose and fun personality, always ready with a quip or a line to diffuse the tension of a long day’s work. His easygoing charm and bright smile puts others at ease, and often gets him into any door – which is good when you’re trying to find fugitives on the run. Winston is one of the Fugitive Unit’s original members, coming from the gang unit – a reluctant move at first, since he says one of his favorite parts of the job are the foot chases. But he’s learned to love the pace and the process of work in the fugitive unit – not to mention the fulfillment of finding and arresting some of Boston’s most violent criminals.Below, watch the first five minutes of the season premiere.