In this landmark series for BBC ONE produced by The Open University/BBC, London’s Metropolitan Police give special access to show the complexities of policing one of the most diverse cities in the world. From the top brass at New Scotland Yard to the day-to-day work of response officers on the ground, the series provides a unique insight into Britain’s biggest police force and the 8 million people they’ve sworn to protect.
During the series we're taken behind the scenes with management at New Scotland Yard as The Met plans their response to one of the biggest issues it’s faced in decades – the verdict of an inquiry into the death of Mark Duggan, a black man from Tottenham who was shot in 2011 by an armed police officer.
Painstaking investigations are shown including one to apprehend the killers of an innocent man, the other to catch a sex attacker who is targeting Muslim women. There's also tragic insight into tragic cases such as a young mother who is arrested for killing her baby. We also go behind the scenes for the policing of the biggest public event in The Met’s calendar, Notting Hill Carnival and explore the impact of gangs and the ripple effect on society.
Here on Openlearn, we've provided a wealth of content to complement the series and help aid your knowledge of crime, punishment and policing. You can:
- Order your FREE poster on the Metropolitan Police.
- Use our interactive timeline to explore The Met's history.
- Try out some free courses and content on crime and punishment.
- Take it further with an OU degree or module.
- View the episode guides in the series.
The first episode of The Met: Policing London airs on BBC ONE on Monday 8th June 2015 at 9.00pm and on BBC Scotland at 10.35pm. Full broadcast details, and watch again links can be found on bbc.co.uk
The Open University's academics, including Louise Westmarland - academic consultant on The Met: Policing London, are taking place in a series of talks on the world of crime as part of Student Hub Live, a free online event being streamed live from The Open University between 16th and 18th June. These events are open to anyone: http://studenthublive.kmi.open.ac.uk/