Coppers

9:30pm Tuesday, August 14 on TV One

TV ONE brings you the documentary series that reveals what British police officers really think about being on the frontline. With frustration, resignation and sometimes anger, as well as flashes of frequently dark humour, ordinary police officers tell it like it is.

In tonight’s season finale, Coppers joins officers in the quiet rural area of Pitlochry in Tayside.

For many urban cops, low-crime rural beats are the source of much amusement. But with over 1,000 square miles to cover, officers struggle to get to crime scenes in time and provide back-up, which could be over an hour away.

A rural police officer’s secret weapons aren’t tasers and guns, but a cup of tea and a smile. And while crime is low, police have to cover a long stretch of motorway where major accidents are a regular occurrence.

Former Glasgow PC Ronnie Deuchar nearly cried when he found out he was being transferred, and it was so quiet the first week he thought his radio was broken. Meanwhile, Sargent John Watson knows everyone and according to his colleagues, can walk into a pub and sort out a situation just with a look.

9:30pm Tuesday, June 12 on TV One

TV ONE brings you a new documentary series revealing what police officers really think about being on the frontline. With frustration, resignation and sometimes anger, as well as flashes of frequently dark humour, ordinary police officers tell it like it is.

Tonight, Coppers follows the officers of Nottinghamshire Police’s Territorial Support Group as they fight crime from their van.

The TSG officers are specially trained to deal with public order – including football violence, demonstrations and anti-social behaviour, as well as warrants and searches. They can be called on to help by any branch of the force to tackle anything from a counter-terrorist search to a political demo.

Many of the officers feel that society has “gone soft”, with deference to the uniform long gone, and they sometimes offer a robust, old-school face of policing in response.

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Coppers

9:30pm Tuesday, May 29 on TV One

TV ONE brings you a new documentary series revealing what British police officers really think about being on the frontline. With frustration, resignation and sometimes anger, as well as flashes of frequently dark humour, ordinary police officers tell it like it is.

Tonight, the Force Communication Centre receives a quarter of a million emergency calls every year. Over the past fifteen years, while recorded crime in Britain has fallen by a third, emergency calls to the police have risen by fifty per cent.

And with four in five emergency calls to the police classed as non-emergencies, the call handlers never know if the next call will be a desperate call for help or because someone’s mobile phone has run out of credit.

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Coppers

9:30pm Tuesday, May 15 on TV One

TV ONE brings you a new documentary series revealing what police officers really think about being on the frontline.

The series captures the reality of the job. From the riot police who face serious public disorder on our streets, to the seasoned custody sergeants who’ve seen it all, from the staff facing time-wasters, to the cops who face abuse and violence from binge-drinkers every weekend.

With frustration, resignation and sometimes anger, as well as flashes of frequently dark humour, ordinary police officers tell it like it is. Meanwhile mini-cameras in cars and mounted on helmets allow the series to get up close and personal with the police and the people they come up against.

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