By Chris Bishop
Monday, November 8, 2010
Traffic officers from the Fens will star in a TV documentary tonight.
Officers from Cambridgeshire’s roads policing unit feature on Channel 4’s Coppers to be screened at 9pm.
The documentary follows several officers including PCs Leigh Fenton, Terry Sharpe and Stuart Appleton as they deal with a range of road-related issues across the county.
The programme focuses on the close bonds the traffic officers forge with each other – and how they use jokes and bravado to cope with the tough parts of the job.
Humorous scenes include officers being filmed clocking a cyclist hitting six miles per hour with a speed gun and enjoying their work ticketing speeding drivers.
But the documentary then explores what the job is really about – preventing death and serious injury, attending serious collisions and having to inform the next of kin that a loved one has been killed.
Chief Insp Mike Winters said: “It is really important that people stick with the programme and watch it in its entirety to really understand the pressures of the job.
“When you see the kind of situations the officers have to deal with in the second half of the documentary you can start to understand the humour is just a coping mechanism.”