Night Coppers: A unique insight into a job like no other
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‘Courageous’. ‘Huge respect’. ‘A real insight’.
Sussex Police has been blown away by the support shown for its police officers after Tuesday’s (July 12) broadcast of Night Coppers and are proud of the overwhelming courage, commitment and compassion shown by officers in the programme, and demonstrated every day by the wider workforce.
The eight-part Channel 4 documentary provides viewers with an insight into the realities of policing Brighton and Hove after dark. It features officers and staff at different stages in their careers, with Tuesday’s episode placing a spotlight on some younger officers and their experiences joining the policing service.
Chief Superintendent Justin Burtenshaw, Divisional Commander for Brighton and Hove, said: “Night Coppers is a unique opportunity for us to show a different side of policing and concentrate on the people behind the uniform.
“It’s important to not only show the realities we face, but the compassion and empathy our officers show day in, day out, to keep the public safe while taking the most proportionate action.
“As a vocational career, and with the draw of obtaining a fully funded degree while working, policing typically attracts a younger recruit. Every officer seen on the street, however, has been rigorously trained and is fully equipped to deal with the unknown.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the team. Regardless of length of service or age, they provide a tremendous support to our community and would like to thank the public for the outpouring of positivity they have received since the series’ broadcast.”
To any viewers considering a career in policing, you will be embarking on a remarkable, uniquely challenging, extraordinarily rewarding journey which will make a tangible difference to people’s lives.
All new recruits go through extensive training at Sussex Police Headquarters, including some online learning, before joining dedicated coaching units on division where they are partnered with an experienced police officer for 20 weeks to achieve independent patrol status. They will then move into response teams and continue to access support, guidance and training as they progress their policing career.
The next episode of Night Coppers will air on Channel 4 at 9pm on Tuesday (July 19). Episodes are available to watch on catch-up on All 4.