The series follows Detective Vic Mackey and his elite strike force, located within an inner-city Los Angeles police precinct. The team is tough, sometime brutal and for the most part effective.
But it's never that simple. Their methods are questionable and their motives are often corrupt.
Mackey faces a difficult time at home, with a wife who wants to leave him, and struggles to balance his professional and personal lives. The precinct captain, Aceveda, is uneasy about the strike team yet uses them to further his political ambitions.
Add to these characters a temperemental and volatile young team of detectives and the resulting clashes are not always just with the criminals.
Season Three sees the Strike Team labouring under suspicions about their role in the Money Train Heist, while the hijacking of a truckload of ammunition draws Vic into a bloody race war between black and Latino gangs.
As he works to keep Farmington from exploding, the botched arrest of an Asian gangster kills two innocent children and sends the normally complacent Korean community on to the streets to vent their anger.
Inside the Barn, politics and rivalries cloud the Strike Team’s future and sidetrack a promotion for Claudette.
The Shield creator Shawn Ryan and Scott Brazil are executive producers, with Glen Mazzara and Charles H. Eglee serving as Co-Executive Producers. The Shield is produced by Fox Television Studios in association with Sony Pictures Television.