The Police Tapes


The Birmingham Police look at American policing and consider the differences between British and US policing, the pros and the cons, are British police likely to become more like their American counterparts?

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Producer: Granada
Year Produced: 1977
Running time: 28 minutes
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A group of Birmingham Police view and discuss a videotape showing New York police working in Harlem. They comment on the differences and similarities and voice their apprehension at the growing estrangment between public and police in the U.K. The question of carrying arms is something which most policeman still feel uneasy about, but the tide of opinion seems to be swinging in favour of this practice. The film ends with a plea by the American police chief for an improvement for the life of ghetto dwellers where tensions are always at flashpoint. What happens in America today might happen in Britain tomorrow. Can we do anything to prevent it?

This film made in 1977 reflects the cultural attitudes and language of the time it was made, the imagery and film quality may not be to modern standards but is useful for historical context.

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