Police (TV series)


Police (TV series)

Police was a BBC Television documentary television series about Thames Valley Police, first broadcast in 1982. Produced by Roger Graef and directed by Charles Stewart, it won the BAFTA award for best factual series. [ [http://www.bafta.org/awards/television/nominations/?year=1982 BAFTA awards 1982] ]

Graef was given access to film Thames Valley Police by the Chief Constable, Peter Imbert, who went on to be Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police. Filming was based in Reading police station and took place in 1980 and early 1981.

The series had a significant impact on debate about the role of the police. The most influential episode was the third, "A complaint of rape," in which a woman who claimed to have been raped by three men was treated harshly and dismissively by three male police officers. The public reaction led to changes in the way in which the UK police handled rape cases. In less than a year, Reading police station had a new dedicated rape squad consisting of five female police officers. [ [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/464502/index.html BFI screenonline article by Joe Sieder] screenonline.]

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