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Documentary On The Real AC-12 Is Being Made

Documentary On The Real AC-12 Is Being Made

Throughout the history of Line of Duty, there's only one thing that Superintendent Ted Hastings (yes, like the battle) is interested in and it's called nicking bent coppers with his AC-12 colleagues.

Over the years, we've seen AC-12 investigate the likes of DCI Gates, DI Lindsay Denton, Sergeant Danny Waldron, and DCI Roz Huntley, but with filming resumed on Season 6, there's even more good news for people that love seeing bent coppers getting nicked.

That's because Channel 4 are making a documentary about a police force as it investigates its own officers.

As stated in the official synopsis: "Cameras will be given unprecedented access to the Professional Standards Department (PSD), including the counter-corruption unit, one of the most secretive enclaves of British policing. Avon and Somerset Police has granted Story Films access to the teams within PSD to show the reality of its work, at a time when the scrutiny of police officers has never been greater."

Granted, we're not sure if we're going to be treated to any iconic phrases like 'Mother of God,' 'Now we're sucking diesel,' or 'I didn't float up the Lagan in a bubble,' but we can live in hope.

The three-part series will take viewers into an unknown area of policing which can involve counter corruption, covert investigations, surveillance and police stings.

We're sure there's plenty of 'fellas' for this crew to take down too.

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Told from multiple perspectives, the series will look at the reality of being an officer under investigation and the personal strain it involves, as well as the experience of the complainants -often vulnerable members of the public- and the PSD investigators themselves as they conduction their operations under conditions of enormous secrecy and unique pressure.

Speaking about the series, Supt Simon Wilstead, head of Professional Standards, said: “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.

“We already hold misconduct hearings in public and publicise the outcomes but there’s much more work going on out of the public eye. In the spirit of being as open and transparent as we can be, we hope this documentary will give the public a unique insight into our commitment to maintaining the high standards of policing which are the envy of the world.”

At present, no premiere date has been given but we've a feeling that every single Line Of Duty fan will be tuned into this when it airs.

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