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Channel 4’s Call the Cops features Devon and Cornwall Police

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Episode Two Bank Holiday Monday

A Channel 4 landmark series featuring Devon and Cornwall Police, ‘Call the Cops’ will continue this Bank Holiday Monday [26 August].

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.

Episode two covers Torbay and Camborne:

After four years in Devon and Cornwall Police, the hidden dark side of the English Riviera has taken its toll on local response officer Amie: “it’s that constant fear of what you’ll see and whether that will be the last thing that I can cope with”.

Her patch – Torbay – has the highest per capita crime rate in the two counties, and is so busy that Force Control has a dedicated desk of dispatchers to deal with the volume of jobs.  On this desk Resource Deployment Officer JJ must prioritise resources between the most dangerous domestics, complex and serious crimes and mental health incidents which quickly tie up the few officers they have in the patch, "The resources are not what they used to be,” he says, “we used to go out with 25 officers on a late turn, now you’re lucky to go out with 8 or 9”.

Like all forces across the UK, Devon and Cornwall’s cops must prioritise on the basis of threat, risk and potential harm. Unlike others, they have a vast area to cover and while Amie and her partner search the cliffs of Devon for a missing person, Force Incident Manager Martin must dispatch specialist teams to Cornwall to deal with a potential armed siege. Meanwhile the Control Room’s log of new incidents keeps on growing.

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.

Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer, said: “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 and I trust that you will feel as moved as I am by the results.”


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