It wasn't easy.
Thoughtful plots, snappy dialogue and - by 80s TV standards - brilliant SFX. Utterly unlike anything else you've ever seen, and (mostly) in a good way!
I was 19 in 1987, "Doctor Who" was disintegrating, ST:TNG hadn't started yet, and this promised a rare foray into "hard" SF. It floundered, but didn't entirely disappoint.
There's nothing really visionary or clever about "Star Cops" - it was almost willfully mundane, and that set it apart. No aliens, no teleport, no lightspeed; just an honest attempt to portray humans in space. It was clearly an attempt to get a mainstream audience for an SF show, but its cross-genre pitch fell into the yawning chasm between the "Bergerac" and "Blake's 7" audiences. A nice try, all the same.