Devon and Cornwall Police to star in prime-time new Channel 4 TV show

Devon and Cornwall Police is to star in a prime-time Channel 4 series set to hit TV screens next week.

Call the Cops will be aired for the first time on Monday, August 19, at 9pm.

The programme’s makers have had access to the force’s ‘nerve centre’ command and control teams for the first time – as well as frontline officers.

Devon and Cornwall is the largest geographical policing area in England and the show will highlight the critical decisions made in control and on the ground.

It will cover a wide-range of jobs such as armed robberies, sexual assaults, missing people searches and domestic incidents.

The series will also highlight the challenges staff and officers face on a daily basis, including being on the receiving end of verbal and physical abuse.

The force deals with up to 1,000 incidents per day, has seen its resources cut by 15 per cent in the last decade – and has one incident manager with overall command.

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.”

Episode one covers the Easter bank holiday; one of the busiest times of the year for the force.

Devon and Cornwall Police is inviting the public to join in the debate on social media by using the hashtags #CallTheCops and #ThisIsPolicing on Twitter.

There will also be a live question and answer session on the force’s Facebook page and via @DC_Police on Twitter during and after each episode.

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