Celebrities to work as police officers in new Channel 4 show

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Celebrities will become police officers in new Channel 4 show Famous And Fighting Crime.

Channel 4 has commissioned a bold new four-part series produced by Blast! Films that will follow a group of high-profile household names as they take on the challenge of their lives and train to work on the front line of British policing.

As British police forces are increasingly using volunteer officers in a wide range of roles, new series Famous and Fighting Crime will give these well-known rookies the chance to see what it’s really like to be on the sharp end of policing.

Those signed up are TV ­presenter and Strictly Come Dancing Katie Piper, Made in Chelsea’s Jamie Laing, model & TV personality Penny Lancaster, Gogglebox's Sandi Bogle and comic Marcus Brigstocke.

The famous crime fighters will go through the same sort of training as real-life Special Constables, before they hit the streets. with Cambridgeshire Constabulary, responding to real 999 calls, working in custody, and even CID, as well as taking part in high risk drugs raids and keeping order in rowdy city centres at the weekend.

Buddied up with serving officers, the new recruits will work shifts in units from traffic to public order, custody to patrol and burglary, as well as coming together to help police events such as a rowdy football match or keeping order on a big Saturday night shift.

The experience will challenge their views on crime and punishment and give them a provocative insight into life on the mean streets of modern Britain.

Channel 4 Formats commissioning editor Lee Mc Murray said: “Using a great cast of familiar faces, Famous & Fighting Crime will explore the serious and pressing issues facing modern policing with wit warmth and humour, providing Channel Four viewers with fascinating insights into contemporary Britain, while also challenging the all-star cast to question their own opinions and beliefs and reveal unexpected and surprising facets of themselves.”

Ed Coulthard from Blast Films added: “With Blast’s background in serious police series like Coppers and 999: What’s your Emergency?, this will be a series that doesn’t shy away from the tough end of modern policing – and it’s certain to be a life-changing experience for any rookie going out for the first time.”

Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Assistant Chief Constable Dan Vajzovic said: “This is a great opportunity to showcase the valuable work of the Special Constabulary and give viewers a chance to see some of the excellent work our officers do day in day out, but which often remains hidden.

"The series promises to be entertaining and impactful, offering the viewer a unique view of the role volunteers play in policing their own communities, and I hope it will inspire many others to volunteer for their police force.”

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