Coppers 1/5

9:00pm Monday, November 1 on C4

As police budgets, and numbers, come under threat, this hard-hitting new series reveals what police officers across England really think about being on the frontline of 21st-century Britain. With access to police forces across the country, from inner cities to rural beats, Coppers shows what police officers are up against every day of their working lives. The first programme joins the staff of the Medway custody suite in Gillingham, Kent, who process 40 suspected criminals every day. From burglary to shop-lifting and assault to drugs possession, Custody Officer Sergeant Sean O’Conner and his team have seen generations progress through their criminal careers and witness a never-ending cycle of deprivation, drugs, crime, violence, and – for some of the women they meet – prostitution.

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