New Channel 4 documentary will uncover the lives of the police officers who investigate their own.
Viewers will get unprecedented access to the counter corruption unit and learn about the work of the Professional Standards Department (PSD), unveiling a side of policing that is largely unknown to the public.
Avon and Somerset Police opens its doors to Story Films at a time when police conduct is under more scrutiny than ever before, allowing them to uncover the work of their PSD teams.
The three-part series will provide multiple perspectives of the reality of being a police officer under investigation and the impact it has on their personal and professional lives, plus the complainants who are usually vulnerable and sensitive members of the public and the PSD investigators who have to work in secret under huge pressure.
Viewers will see and learn about counter corruption, covert investigations, surveillance and police stings, all with officers’ careers and lives on the line.
The most serious incidents include officers using their power to exploit members of the public, passing crucial intelligence to organised criminals and reports of racial discrimination and use of excessive force, which could lead to years of prison time.
Executive producer Peter Beard commented: “At Story Films we always look to engage audiences in important and compelling stories that are difficult to access and tell.
“This feels like an incredible opportunity to see a side of policing that has remained hidden to most of us but is so important for all of us to understand.”
Supt Simon Wilstead, Head of Professional Standards, added: “The public expects all police officers and staff to adhere to the very highest of standards, both in and out of work, and the important work of Professional Standards ensures we meet these expectations to maintain legitimacy in policing.”