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The Force: Essex

S3-E1 Respect

S3-E1 Respect

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Do you think any of these close-camera looks at the work of our police forces are used for recruitment purposes? On the evidence of this first episode following Essex police as they do the rounds in Southend, Colchester and Chelmsford, there’s little that would attract me to the job. They’re sworn at by drunks, threatened by angry evictees and obliged to chase a disturbed young man down the road.

The one requirement all the officers admit to is the need for a thick skin. I’d add endless patience: “They’re not bad people: it’s just alcohol turns them into idiots,” says one nattily bearded PC, in a slightly resigned fashion.


Documentary shining a light on modern policing in the county of Essex and the challenges faced by officers as they deal with a range of criminal and social issues.

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