A Primetime Met documentary starts on the BBC next week. For the first time in the Met’s history, a five-part series will follow staff and officers as they go about their varied roles across London to keep communities safe, fight crime and support victims.
It’s the most comprehensive access to the Met that any broadcaster has ever been granted. It’s also truly independent; as Police have had no involvement in choosing and deciding who will feature in the programmes or the content used.
Before filming began, researchers spent time with teams and units, shadowing staff and going out on operations to gain understanding about the complexity of policing London on a day-to-day basis. This took a year and a half in the making.
Speaking about the decision to allow a film crew access to the Met on this scale, the Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, said,
“The most important aspect was that we had to accept we would have no editorial control over how the programme might work out. In my mind the very worst outcome would be a programme we had tried to control – that would look like nothing more than a corporate video and ultimately a controlled programme would result in a negative response from the audience.”
The Metropolitan Police Service is extremely proud of these shows and would like to showcase them to their partners and communities in order to gauge feedback and identify ways they can further improve confidence in policing.
The schedule, which starts on Wednesday 10th June, is as follows:
1. Focuses on the Mark Duggan inquest verdict, firearms officers and Brixton Splash, with Chief Inspector McGarry and Inspector Robbins.
2. ‘Notting Hill’ touches on the Chris Foster murder and Lambeth sex assault (17th June) with Supt Carron Schusler and Insp Martin Roche.
Preview here: http://bbc.in/1KwdIjO
3.’London at night’ focuses on Mental Health (24th June)
4.’Knife Crime’ and moped gangs (1st July)
5.’Human too’ focuses on recruitment and baby neglect homicide (8th July)
The events are organised and delivered by Croydon Metropolitan Police and CCC have agreed to help by taking the bookings.
Each will be held from 7-9pm at the David Lean Cinema in Croydon.
Places are limited due to the capacity of the cinema. There is no charge for the event.
To book a free place, click here.