Police Shows
Police Television Shows
Past and Present
From the producers of the Emmy Award-
winning “Downton Abbey” and starring
Rupert Penry-Jones (“MI-5,” “Cambridge
Spies”), Phil Davis (“Sherlock,” “Bleak
House“) and Steve Pemberton (“The
League of Gentlemen,” “Viva Blackpool”),
comes three distinctive, dark and chilling
crime stories.

Season 3 finds Detective Inspector
Joseph Chandler, Detective Sergeant
Miles and Edward Buchan spreading their
investigations beyond the boundaries of
East London’s Whitechapel, as they peel
back layers of the East End’s most
gruesome history. They have rescued a
huge crime archive, a vast but chaotic
collection of files and papers beneath the
incident room, and Chandler is convinced
that the crimes of the past hold the key
to solving murders in the present.  Ed
Buchan joins the unit as their historical
advisor and begins eagerly sorting
through this treasure trove of primary
sources, and it’s not long before the
team have their first case and the race is
on to find the killer. The East End will
once again provide fertile ground for
murder, body-snatching, poisoning and
gruesome discoveries, as the team’s
present day investigations echo three
hundred years of crimes committed in the
city’s darkest recesses.
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Any person considering a police career
today has been influenced by television.  
As things go, television hasn't been
around that long, but its impact was
immediate and everlasting.   

My most vivid memory of my first
exposure to television occurred on
October 22, 1962 as I sat on the living
room floor in front of our brand new –
used – floor model TV with a 10 inch
screen – black and white obviously – and
watched President John F. Kennedy utter
these words,

"Good evening, my fellow citizens. This
Government, as promised, has
maintained the closest surveillance of the
Soviet military build-up on the island of
Cuba. Within the past week unmistakable
evidence has established..."

All too soon, the next most vivid memory
occurred only a year later as I watched
the news coverage of President
Kennedy's assassination in Dallas,
Texas.  I then watched the live coverage
as Jack Ruby murdered the President's
assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald.  Thirty-
eight years later, I'd watch live coverage
of terrorists crashing a passenger jet
into the second tower of the World Trade
The Influence of Television
by Barry M. Baker
There's no question that television has,
and will continue to have, tremendous
influence on American society.  In the
beginning, television took its lead from
the culture.  Today, the culture is
increasingly taking its lead from
television.  Make no mistake, aside from
public education, television is the most
effective tool for the dissemination of
propaganda ever devised by man.  

As a person considering a career in police
work, television is an excellent training
tool for the development of your
investigative abilities.  From the news to
entertainment and right on through the
commercials, the messages and – clues –
are everywhere.  Some are obvious and
others subliminal.  Obviously... the
subliminal political and societal messages
are the ones you want to detect and

When you become a police officer, you'll
quickly learn that people rarely ever tell
the truth and nothing but the truth.  
Sometimes peoples' versions of the truth
simply exist in their interpretation of
events and circumstances, or they just
simply lie.  Events and circumstances
depicted on television follow pretty much
the same path.  How many times have
you watched a reporter using the term
"Taser related death" when reporting that
a suspect died after being tasered by
police?  You never see any follow-up
reporting on the death, because the
cause of death is always determined to
be a physical condition unrelated to the
Taser incident.  Even so, there exists
organized propaganda claiming that
hundreds of deaths have occurred as a
direct result of Taser use.  
Television History
The First 75 Years
21 Jump Street (USA, 1987-1991) - 21 Jump
Street (originally titled Jump Street Chapel) is
an hour long police drama television series,
developed by Fox Network. It ran from April 12,
1987 to April 27, 1991, with a total of 103
episodes. A spin-off called Booker was
produced for the character of Dennis Booker
(Richard Grieco), but it ran only one season
from September 1989 to June 1990.
Adam-12 (USA, 1968-1975) - Adam-12 is a
television program which ran from September
21, 1968 until August 30, 1975 on NBC for 175
episodes. The show was produced by Jack
Webb, who also was behind Dragnet and
Emergency!. The series was nominally
considered a spin-off of Webb's Dragnet 1967,
and the Reed and Malloy characters appeared
on episodes of the parent program.  
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