This episode joins Tayside police's newest recruits as they hit the streets for the first time. Unlike most English forces, police in Scotland are still taking on new recruits.
This week's program captures shocking scenes as Nottingham's frontline coppers find themselves in the middle of some of the worst anti-police violence in a generation, with police cars and stations under attack from bricks and petrol bombs.
As police budgets come under threat, this hard-hitting series reveals what police officers really think about being on the frontline of 21st-century Britain.
As police budgets come under threat, this hard-hitting series reveals what police officers really think about being on the frontline of 21st-century Britain. With access to police forces across the country the series captures the reality of the job: from the riot police who face serious public disorder on the streets, to the seasoned custody sergeants who've seen it all, from the staff facing time-wasters calling 999 to emergency response teams racing to the scene only to find themselves acting as social workers or marriage counsellors.
The final program in the series takes viewers to the heart of a riot. Members of Greater Manchester Police's Tactical Aid Unit police a demonstration in Bolton town centre between English Defence League supporters and counter-demonstrators from Unite Against Fascism. Despite being trained to tackle heavy-duty jobs, controlling the crowds proves a challenge for the officers, and as the number of people increases, violence and scores of arrests ensue.
This episode follows police officers on the Saturday night beat, where drunkenness, abuse and violence are regular occurrences.
This episode focuses on the police officers who respond to emergency calls, and reveals the surprising issues that prompt people to dial 999. Kent constabulary receives about 250,000 calls every year, with 80 per cent classed as non-emergencies. Chief Inspector Nicola Faulconbridge discusses how the generation divide affects the situation, as staff find themselves settling petty disputes phoned in by young people.
In this episode, traffic officers in Cambridgeshire offer an insight into their jobs, which include arresting drink drivers and issuing speeding tickets. The film reveals the close bonds that often develop between colleagues, and the banter they use as a shield against the duty they all dread - informing the next of kin when someone dies as the result of an accident on the road.
Filmed across Britain, from inner cities to country beats, this five-part series reveals what the police are up against every day of their working lives. The first episode joins the staff at the Medway custody suite in Gillingham, Kent - one of the busiest in the country, where 40 suspected criminals are processed every day.
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