'Fresh Cops' documentary wins Royal Television Society award
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Our ‘Fresh Cops’ documentary has won a Royal Television Society award.
The Leicestershire Police documentary, which follows new officers in our force, was named Best Popular Factual Programme at the Royal Television Society Midlands awards.
The award, which is given to programmes that ‘explore us and our world in an entertaining way, engaging the viewer with compelling narratives’, was received by television production company Full Fat who filmed and produced the ‘Fresh Cops’ programme for BBC Three.
A number of officers appeared in the documentary, but a shout out goes to Police Sergeant Adam Ahmed, Police Constable Khadeejah Mansur and Police Constable Jake Bull who became the most featured in the series. Both Khadeejah and Jake were able to attend the awards event which was held at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham last Friday (24 November). Both also went on stage to receive the award.
PC Khadeejah Mansur and PC Jake Bull
The Royal Television Society (RTS) Awards describe their awards as ‘the gold standard of achievement in the television community'. Each of the RTS national and regional centres award the very best in television production from their area. At the RTS Midlands Awards, Fresh Cops beat off competition from the likes of Channel 4’s Travel Man to take Best Popular Factual Programme, one of the evening’s most sought-after award.
Chief Constable Rob Nixon said: “I want to say a huge thank you to all of the officers and line managers who supported this project. A documentary is no easy undertaking and we are hugely grateful to everyone who supported the work. In particular I want to flag the huge amount of work that was done behind the scenes and we hope that the series brings some insight to the public as to the challenges our young officers and staff face on a daily basis.”
Catherine Welton, who is an Executive Producer at Full Fat, said: “I want to thank Leicestershire Police. It’s hard to imagine how it must feel doing a new job and having cameras following you around for a month. So thank you to the officers for trusting us to tell their stories”.
PC Jake Bull said: “It was a fantastic experience to go to this event and take a peek into the world of television. We had worked closely with Full Fat during the filming period and it really was a unique experience to see how a programme is put together and then edited into the series.
“Although it was challenging being followed by a camera for a month, I can really see the benefit of doing a series like this to tell the story of the job and how hard it can be day to day – all of which just helps with the public’s trust and confidence in policing.”
Fresh Cops aimed to reach out to under 25s and tell the story of our young officers who are relatively new in service and the challenges they face. The four-part series was broadcast on BBC Three but mainly was intended to target younger audiences via BBC iPlayer.
The first series of Fresh Cops had over half a million views per episode on BBC iPlayer and as a result of the success of this series, filming has taken place over the summer for a new six-part series which will feature some of the original officers as well as new faces.
The first series of Fresh Cops can be viewed on BBC iPlayer. The second series of Fresh Cops is due out in the new year.