Cops With Cameras

Tuesday 25 March 2008 9:00pm – 10:00pm on ITV1.

ITV1 goes on patrol with police forces from across the country, following them in action on Britain’s streets tackling everyday crime as it happens.

Special body cameras are built into the police officers’ jackets in order to give a sense of what it’s really like to be on the beat during dangerous drug raids, dramatic car chases and confrontations with violent offenders.

Featuring different police forces from around the country, Cops with Cameras gives us an unprecedented view of the police’s continual fight against crime in the UK.

In Oldham, Sergeant Mike Peake and PC Martin Dunn are looking for a prolific burglar. The suspect gives chase across the town’s market and manages to evade arrest. But the police soon track him to some farmland on the edge of the town. Another dramatic chase on foot sees them finally get their man – they corner him as he tries to escape over a fence.

Belfast police are also involved in a chase – this time in cars as well as on foot, as the vehicle crime unit pursue car thieves and joyriders. It’s a busy evening with the unit engaging in three different pursuits – including one with a car that ends up running on its bare rims when the driver won’t even stop after his tyres are punctured by the team’s stingers. Another chase nearly sees an officer injured when he is forced to leap out of the way of a stolen car driven at him. But with six arrests, and three stolen cars recovered, it’s also a successful night for the force.

In the City of London, Sergeant Andy Burke and PC Louis Shuttleworth are called to a tube station in East London where a man has been accused of assaulting two other passengers. When Andy and Louis decide to arrest him he won’t go quietly, so the police have to wrestle him into hand-cuffs before he’s finally put in the police van.

In South Wales, Matthew Cod and his team have recovered a marijuana plantation and some house keys during a drugs raid. They quickly identify the house where the keys come from and let themselves in to catch the occupants off guard, before discovering thousands of pounds work of fake DVDs and other evidence of drug cultivation.

Back in Oldham, Sergeant Mike Peake and his team are working on Operation Taurus. It involves synchronised drugs raids on two properties where they find evidence including a money counting machine, heroin, cutting agent, marijuana, weapons and ammunition. They suspect the houses are being used to prepare drugs for dealing but they’re empty so they need to link the addresses to a suspect. An officer finds a key to a nearby car – and then out of the blue, the owner of the car turns up. He’s immediately arrested – but he won’t go quietly, and it takes six officers to bring him under control.

Friday night in Swansea and CCTV spot a suspicious looking man with a sharp object in his back pocket. The response vehicle unit go to check it out. Whilst they question the suspect a bystander causes trouble for the police and he is arrested for public disorder.

Also in South Wales a driver has rolled his car off the road, wrecking the vehicle but the driver is unharmed. PC Lee Joseph breathalises him and he is over the drink driving limit and arrested.

ITV1 goes on patrol with police forces from across the country, following them in action on Britain’s streets tackling everyday crime as it happens.

Special body cameras are built into the police officers’ jackets in order to give a sense of what it’s really like to be on the beat during dangerous drug raids, dramatic car chases and confrontations with violent offenders.

Featuring different police forces from around the country, Cops with Cameras gives us an unprecedented view of the police’s continual fight against crime in the UK.

In Port Talbot, Sergeant Gerry Oates has put together a special squad to conduct a dawn drugs raid on a suspected dealer. It is a tough entry for the squad due to a re-enforced door but inside they secure two men.

The house has been fitted with a high tech CCTV system to warn the occupants of any visitors. Initially they find evidence believed to indicate drug dealing – lots of bank notes and sets of scales. Further inspection reveals a large quantity of cocaine hidden behind the tiles in the kitchen. Both men are arrested.

In South London, PC Steff Rule and his team are called to the scene of a shop lifting incident that has led to a vicious stabbing at a supermarket in Peckham. The suspect has stabbed a security guard six times with a screw driver leaving him seriously injured – the air ambulance has to be called to air lift the victim to hospital. The suspect is arrested, and as officers gather evidence from the scene they discover the goods involved amounted to less than £10.

Sergeant Mike Topham of Oldham police force is leading a special team called the Disruption Crew. Their job is to crack down on criminality in the area such as theft, breaking and entering, and handling stolen goods. They are executing a raid on a property suspected of housing stolen goods and criminals. Upon entry they find cannabis plants, axe handles that could be used as weapons, and goods that might be stolen. They also find that two of the occupants are wanted for other offences. They are arrested, and the Disruption Crew continues to live up to their reputation.

The drugs raids continue in South Wales, with Sergeant Matthew Cod and his team. Today they are conducting a double raid on two neighbouring properties. One property yields little results, but in the other property police seize an amount of drugs, syringes and a large bag of mobile phones which are suspected to be stolen. Occupants at both properties are arrested.

It’s Friday night in Swansea, and a busy night for PC Lee Robbins as he spends the evening dealing with public disorder. They get an emergency call to support an arrest of an aggressive man who has already assaulted another officer. After a chase, he is finally cuffed and taken into custody. Later that evening, a young man has been in a fight and is covered in blood. The police take a description of the attacker in the hope of tracking them down.

Also in the programme, officers in London deal with knife crime; traffic police in Thames Valley crack down on uninsured and drunk drivers – including an 82-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of drink driving after a wine tasting evening; an assault on a police officer in Oldham; and a wanted man tries to evade arrest in Newquay.

Tuesday 18 March 2008 9:00pm – 10:00pm on ITV1

ITV1 goes on patrol with police forces from across the country, following them in action on Britain’s streets and tackling everyday crime as it happens.

Special body cameras are built into the police officers’ jackets in order to give a sense of what it’s really like to be on the beat during dangerous drug raids, dramatic car chases, and confrontations with violent offenders.

Featuring different police forces from around the country, Cops with Cameras gives us an unprecedented view of the police’s continual fight against crime in the UK.

In Oldham, Greater Manchester, Sergeant Mike Peake and his team launch a drugs raid. The cameras reveal just what they have to do to force an entry into a house. Inside they uncover a haul of drugs including ecstasy, cannabis resin and skunk.

As the two occupants of the house are arrested, an extensive search of the property uncovers a car key. In the boot of the car the squad finds several hundred ecstasy pills, 1.5 kg of amphetamine paste, 22 nine ounce bars of cannabis resin, thousands of counterfeit cigarettes and a bag of skunk – a drugs haul, with an estimated street value of over £40,000. They also seize approximately £10,000 in cash from the property believed to be the proceeds from drug dealing.

Elsewhere in Oldham, it’s a busy day shift for PCs Sam Barlow and Gary Schofield who are called to a domestic incident. A mother claims her daughter threw a rubbish bin through her kitchen window. They are forced to make an arrest – prompting a stream of obscenities as they try to transport the suspect to the station.

Across the country in Humberside, the police marine unit are searching a ship at Hull docks that has docked from Turkey. Drafted in by HM Customs, intelligence reports suggest that there might be drugs strapped to the bottom – so its skilled diving team conduct a dramatic under-water search.

In Hull, a squad in the city are planning another drugs raid. Again it’s a tough entry as officers have to batter their way through a door reinforced with an iron gate. Unfortunately the team don’t find the haul of drugs they anticipate but arrest the three adults found on discovery of growing cannabis plants and some white powder thought to be cocaine.

Elsewhere in the country, a man is caught CCTV in Grimsby appearing to steal money from a bag in a pub. Thanks to a network of cameras in pubs around the town Humberside police officers Sergeant Ian Walpole and PC Liam Crawley are able to track him down and make an arrest.

In other stories Devon and Cornwall police are kept busy on the streets of Plymouth and Newquay thanks to drunken and disorderly revellers; Oldham police deal with a young man found having entered a relatives house through a window; and, back in Hull, PC Alan Cowley and PCSO Tina Burns have a slightly different problem to deal with – a drunken troublemaker Bob Marley (who changed his name by deed poll) in breach of an ASBO.

Tuesday 11 March 2008 9:00pm – 10:00pm on ITV1.

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1