A new BBC/OU series aims to provide a unique insight into Britain’s busiest police force, the Met.
A fascinating BBC/OU co-production, The Met: Policing London, which begins on Monday (8 June 2015), is set to offer a unique insight into Britain’s busiest police service as it tackles drug dealing, violence, and life and death all across the capital.
Over 2,000 officers have joined the ranks of the Metropolitan police since 2014, tasked with ensuring the streets of London are safe for its 8 million residents, 24 hours a day. This five-part series explores the highs and lows of one of the toughest jobs in Britain.
The first episode centres on Scotland Yard and its anxiety about renewed racial tension during an inquiry into the death of a young black man, Mark Duggan, which sparked riots nationwide in 2011. Episode two shadows Brixton CID and the policing of Notting Hill Carnival, one of the biggest operations for the force. From abusive drunks to major robberies, episode three observes crime in the capital late at night. Episode four delves deep into drug-related crime as officers from specialist gang unit, Trident, tackle drug dealers in South London. The series concludes with episode five, where we meet a recently-recruited officer completing an intensive training programme.
Academics from The Open University (OU) provided advice and support on the content of the programme. In addition, the OU has developed educational resources to supplement the series. The OU also offers two courses for those interested in a formal qualification: Q48 BA (Hons) Criminology and Psychological studies and Q57 BA (Hons) Social Policy and Criminology.
Senior lecturer in Criminology at The Open University and academic consultant on the series, Dr Louise Westmarland, said:
The first episode of The Met: Policing London begins on Monday 8 June 2015 at 9pm on BBC 1 (10.35pm for BBC2 Scotland).
Viewers can continue the learning journey with the OU and access material to accompany the series and/or follow links to our courses. For more information, visit: www.open.edu/openlearn/themet
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