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List of Coppers episodes

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Season 2

  • S2Ep8: Episode 8  2/27/2012  

    The final episode of the series joins officers on the rural Pitlochry beat in Tayside. For many urban cops, quiet low-crime rural beats are the source of much amusement - somewhere you're put out to pasture and where the most serious crime is a bit of sheep bothering. But with over 1000 square miles to cover it's a challenge just to get to crime scenes, and back-up could be an hour away. In an area where everyone knows everyone else, police officers work the same way their predecessors did generations ago, through respect and quiet words. People are more likely to wave than hurl abuse at the police here and the officers' secret weapons aren't tasers and semi-automatic rifles, but a cup of tea and a smile. But while crime is low, the officers have to cover a long stretch of the A9 - as well as treacherous rural roads and remote countryside - and major accidents are a regular occurrence. PCs will often be the first emergency service on site and have to cope with the dying and severely injured alone for some time. Former Glasgow PC Ronnie Deuchar nearly cried when he found out he was being transferred to Pitlochry, and it was so quiet in the first week that he thought his radio was broken. PC Peter Lorrain-Smith takes his work very seriously and believes the best way to fight crime is to be seen and getting kids on the straight-and-narrow early. Meanwhile, Sergeant John Watson, who's approaching retirement, knows everyone and, according to his colleagues, can walk into a pub and sort out a situation just with a look.

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  • S2Ep7: Police Dogs  2/20/2012  

    Coppers meets Nottinghamshire Police's dogs and their handlers, who face some of the toughest challenges on the front-line, from crowd control at football matches and catching suspects on the run, to sniffing out drugs, guns and money. After recent cuts, Nottinghamshire Police have 16 dog handlers to cover the whole county, with two on duty at any given time. The officers are some of the most experienced in the force and their services are in huge demand. As well as handling dogs, the officers of the Dog Section are trained high-speed drivers, often the first to arrive at a crime scene with little idea who - or what - is awaiting them. The dogs are trained for 14 weeks. The 'general purpose' Alsatians need 19 separate skills and are capable of biting with a force of 250 lbs per square inch. The 'sniffer' spaniels are expected to detect drugs, firearms and money; some have even been trained to distinguish between Sterling, Euros and Dollars. The officers are unusual in that they literally 'take the job home with them', looking after the police dogs while off duty. It's an intense partnership that lasts up to eight years. PC Stuart Hazard is a former traffic and firearms officer who, like many of his colleagues, waited years to join the Dog Section. A high-speed pursuit expert, he and his Alsatian Razor make a formidable team. Meanwhile, at 48, PC Andy Pickersgill is the oldest officer in the section and only a year from retirement. A former Navy stoker, he's spent his whole police career with dogs, and his dog Blade is the doyenne of Nottinghamshire's police dogs.

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  • S2Ep6: Territorial Support Group  2/13/2012  

    This episode joins the officers of Nottinghamshire Police's Territorial Support Group (TSG) as they fight crime across the county from their van, which also serves as an office, canteen, home and cell. The TSG officers are specially trained to deal with public order - including football violence, demonstrations and anti-social behaviour - as well as warrants and searches. They can be called on to help by any branch of the force, to tackle anything from a counter-terrorist search to a political demo. Many of the officers feel that society has 'gone soft', with deference to the uniform long gone, and they sometimes offer a robust, old-school face of policing in response. The officers play a cat and mouse game with the tiny hardcore minority of football fans determined to engage in violence with rival supporters. Meanwhile, searches see the police engaged in a psychological battle of wits with criminals who are prepared to do anything to stay one step ahead, from wiring the mains to door knobs, to hiding drugs in dirty nappies. Alongside the darker moments, the TSG officers are a tight-knit team who spend hours stuck in vans waiting for a call to action, eating, farting and working on insults for one other. But when a new female sergeant arrives the officers attempt to be on their best behaviour.

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  • S2Ep5: Bad Boyz  2/6/2012  

    Police describe the pressures of carrying guns on the nation's streets, and defend the use of Tasers as a vital tool on the front line of the fight against crime. Officers also detain a man accused of threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend, arrest a woman for terrifying a former friend with a pistol, and stop a vehicle believed to contain a weapon.

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  • S2Ep4: Newest Recruit  1/30/2012  

    Following Tayside police

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  • S2Ep3: Beat Officers  1/23/2012  

    The documentary joins police on the beat in Worksop, Nottinghamshire, as they try to tackle shoplifters, burglars and drunks. The officers reveal how they are no longer shocked by the sight of needles and drug paraphernalia in people's houses, and express frustration at having to deal with habitual criminals.

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  • S2Ep2: Public Order  1/16/2012  

    With exclusive access to Greater Manchester Police

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  • S2Ep1:   1/9/2012  

    Documentary following police officers throughout Britain to find out how they feel about being on the front line, beginning with CID detectives from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. They are struggling with a spate of burglaries, and find their suspects are so used to interrogations they cannot be intimidated. Meanwhile, a man-hunt uncovers a corpse in a wood and a convicted paedophile is arrested following the attempted rape of a young boy.

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