28 June 2022
A major documentary following the work of Derbyshire Police has returned for a third season on Channel 5.
The programme, 999: Police Hour of Duty, takes a real-time look at the work of the Force between 9pm and 10pm.
The first season was broadcast in 2020 and topped the channel’s ratings with more than 2 million viewers tuning in for action which features everything from drugs warrants to domestic incidents and assaults.
Derbyshire Police Federation chair Tony Wetton said: “It is great to see Hour of Duty back on the television and I have no doubt a lot of colleagues are glued to the screen come 9pm on a Monday night.
“The show paints a very accurate picture of the hard work police officers in the county do and some of the challenging circumstances they find themselves in.
“There is certainly never a dull moment and it makes for pretty compelling viewing that will hopefully give the public an understanding of the realities of policing.”
The latest episode, which along with all the others is also available online on My5, features the police response to reports of a man suspected of trying to abduct a schoolgirl from a playground in Derby, the pursuit of a driver who flees after being stopped for having no insurance and the dramatic rescue of three girls from the river at the Pebble Beach beauty spot.
Viewers also see a drug raid unfold at a house in which hundreds of cannabis plants are discovered and a potentially violent incident involving a man who hurls racist abuse and spits at officers after he is reported for vandalising a bus stop.
Derbyshire Chief Constable Rachel Swann said: “The Hour of Duty series gives a fantastic insight into the work done by the officers and staff right across the Force.
“This new series has continued where the first left off – showing the reality of the incidents that are dealt with every day, and the hard work that goes into keeping our communities safe.”
The series is due to run for the next few weeks focusing on different investigations taken up by the Force.