Force allows ‘flies’ back on its wallsOn 19 Jun 2001 in Personnel Today Thames Valley Police Force has invited in TV documentary makers to filmofficers on the beat despite its previous disastrous experience. In 1982, the force was the subject of the award-winning BBC documentaryPolice, which created considerable controversy when horrified viewers witnessedthe insensitive grilling of an alleged rape victim. Police officers involvedwere felt to have demonstrated a serious lack of training and expertise. The programme prompted public demonstrations, hostile press reaction andquestions were asked in Parliament. But producer Roger Graef has been invited back to film a new programme thatwill be transmitted later this year. “Some people who were around last time are understandablynervous,” said Gayle Ross-iter who is head of corporate information atThames Valley. But Rossiter reports that she has been impressed by Graef’s willingness tospend time explaining his objectives to staff and put them at ease. “We hope the programme will illustrate how Thames Valley Police hasmoved on in 20 years,” said Rossiter. www.thamesvalley.police.uk Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed.