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Devon and Cornwall Police star in TV show

Devon and Cornwall Police star in TV show

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:39am 19th August 2019.

Officers from Devon and Cornwall Police are starring in Channel 4's TV show Call the Cops.

Up to one thousand incidents per day, resources cut by 15 per cent in the last decade, one incident manager with overall command; this is policing in 2019.

For the first time, this series goes inside the nerve centre of policing - the police communications and control centre (colloquially known as force control) - to shed fresh light on the changing face of law and order in modern Britain.

With violent and complex crimes on the rise across the UK, an increasing number of emergencies, and fewer resources to deal with them, this series will show the critical decisions made in control and on the ground in Devon and Cornwall, the largest geographical policing area in England.

‘Call the Cops’ has access to the force’s command and control teams as well as the frontline officers across Devon and Cornwall. But after years of cuts, this series will reveal just how hard it is for the police in 2019.

The series will cover a wide-range of jobs across the force area such as armed robberies, sexual assaults, missing people searches and domestic incidents. It also highlights the challenges our staff and officers have to face on a daily basis, including being on the receiving end of verbal and physical abuse.

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Episode one covers the Easter bank holiday, one of the busiest times of the year for the force, and follows the control rooms in Exeter and Plymouth as well as response units on the ground in Torbay and Plymouth. 

Viewers will see first-hand the challenges faced by our staff and officers who are responding to a live firearms incident and hunting for a suspect who has fled the scene of a violent assault.

"Call the Cops has been almost a year in the making and stemmed from my many discussions with frontline officers, and senior officers speaking to me and other members of the Executive in relation to the challenges they face every day.

"Whilst there are many aspects of policing that are a joy to be a part of, the reality of frontline policing for the vast majority of my officers is incredibly challenging. ‘Call the Cops’ accurately reflects this and will be an eye-opening watch for many of our communities and the wider public.

"I hope you will join me in watching this when it airs and I trust that you will feel as moved as I am by the results."

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer

‘Call the Cops’ starts at 9pm on Monday 19th August on Channel 4. 

Join in the debate on social media by using the hashtags #CallTheCops and #ThisIsPolicing on twitter, and joining the live question and answer session that will take place on Devon and Cornwall Police’s Facebook page, and via @DC_Police during and after each episode.

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