7:30pm Thursday, May 6 on TV2
Police Ten 7 celebrates a major milestone tonight, with the 250th episode of the hit local show.
Since the launch of Police Ten 7 nine years ago, more than 700 serious crimes have been featured, and police have resolved countless cases thanks to the viewers’ calls to the 0800 107 INFO phone line. The show also has another reason to celebrate with the recent triumph in this year’s TV Guide ‘Best on Box Awards’, where the show took the award for best reality series, confirming the police procedural programme as a firm Kiwi favourite.
The programme’s presenter, Detective Inspector (ret) Graham Bell is delighted to have reached this anniversary, which makes the series one of the most long running in New Zealand history.
“Reaching 250 episodes of Police Ten 7 is a significant achievement that reinforces the popularity of the show, and also means more people are wanting to help the police solve crime,” says Bell.
With the help of viewers’ information, serious offenders are apprehended every week, which is another aspect of the programme Bell is proud of.
“We’ve lost count of the number of arrests that have been made by police acting on information from Police Ten 7 viewers, but I know we hit 400 some time ago. This is a phenomenal result, and the benefits to the community are impossible to quantify. Every single week we profile a new crime or wanted person, and every week the show gets positive results.”
Police Ten 7 was the first of its kind on New Zealand television, and has provided a window into the world that Bell is well familiar with from his 33 years in the force.
“We’ve taken a pretty unflinching, behind-the-scenes look at the real work our police do, and over the years we’ve pretty much seen it all, good and bad.”
In tonight’s episode, Graham Bell investigates another serious crime, and police in Porirua deal with a knife fight.
If you have missed an episode, full episodes of Police Ten 7 will be available free online 12 hours after the show has aired on TV2. Go to tvnz.co.nz and click the ‘ondemand’ button.