THE CAMERAS of controversial fly-on-the-wall TV documentary, ‘Coppers’, were based in Hucknall for three months, the Dispatch can reveal.
The Channel Four show offers a no-holds-barred insight into Nottinghamshire’s police force.
It follows officers as they tackle everything from the discovery of a body to breaking up drunken violence and tracking down burglary suspects across the county.
The programme has fuelled heated public debate. Some say it has highlighted the tough job cops do with others saying it could damage the public image of the police.
Now Hucknall’s police chief, Insp Nick Butler, has explained the local involvement in the show with camera crews filming himself and his colleagues in the town.
At a meeting of Hucknall Partnership Group this week, he said: “Personally, I’ve not been too impressed with some of the language used by officers. We’ve got to be role models.”
During footage filmed in Hucknall, one burglary suspect is in tears as officers speak to him in his home.
“On a positive, it shows what officers are up against,” said Insp Butler. “But what it has missed is that we do an awful lot of work into helping people.
“A huge amount of efforts, money and time goes into working with drug users and burglars with the officers being highly trained. But that sort of thing has been missed by the documentary because it is not particularly sexy.”
Hucknall also had a role to play in this week’s edition of the show, which aired on Monday night. For one of the officers featured grew up in the town.
The response officer was only referred to as ‘Bully’ but was followed in his duties during the riots that flared across the country last year and spread to Nottingham.
It showed him and a colleague driving through the city on Wednesday August 4 last year when their police car was pelted with rocks, one of which smashed a side window.
When asked if the police lost control during the troubles, he paused before replying: “Momentarily I think we did, yes. But we soon got it back.”
He added: “It’s extreme to say we could have been killed. But if ever it could have happened, it felt like it that night.”
He also said: “It just snowballed and people took the opportunity to behave like animals. These people clearly did not care what they were doing that night.”
‘Coppers’ is in its second series and aims to focus on rising civil unrest and the role played by the police in bringing order to the streets.