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‘. . . And after the break’: Police officers’
views of TV crime drama

Cummins, ID; Foley, M; King, M


M Foley

M King


The police procedural drama is a staple feature of the TV listings. Detective fiction dominates the best
sellers’ lists. Despite this, the day-to-day reality of policing is obscured from the vast majority of the public who have
little direct contact with the Criminal Justice System (CJS). Skolnick [Skolnick, J. (1966). Justice Without Trial: Law
Enforcement in a Democratic Society. New York: Wiley] argues that the police, as an organization, are one of the most
hidden parts of the CJS. Reiner [Reiner, R. (2003). Newburn, T. (ed.), Policing and the Media in Handbook of Policing.
Willan: Abingdon.]notes that the debate about the relationship between the media, policing, and crime has been a key
feature of wider societal concerns about crime since the establishment of the modern police force. From a police
perspective, Reiner [Reiner, R. (2003). Newburn, T. (ed.), Policing and the Media in Handbook of Policing. Willan:
Abingdon.] notes that TV drama creates a simplistic narrative of crime solving that is almost completely divorced fromthe reality of modern police work. This article will discuss the findings of a pilot study, which sought to explore theattitudes of retired police officers to representations of policing in popular culture with a particular focus on TV


views of TV crime drama. Policing, 8(2), 205-211.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Apr 1, 2014
Online Publication Date Apr 21, 2014
Publication Date Apr 21, 2014
Deposit Date Aug 18, 2015
Journal Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice
Print ISSN 1752-4512
Publisher Oxford University Press
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 2
Pages 205-211
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