People Like Us

Season 1 Episode 3

The Police Officer

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Aired Monday 10:00 PM Oct 04, 1999 on BBC Two
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Roy is spending the day with PC Dave Knight, a policeman in Northampton. His seemingly routine day is transformed when he is called to deal with a suicidal insurance company employee, who is threatening to jump from the office roof.

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      • Roy Mallard: An employee of an insurance company has made his way out on the roof of his office block in the centre of town and is threatening to jump, unless his demands for a fuller and more meaningful life are met.

      • Stuart Hopkins: Single guy, quiet, lives on his own, keeps himself pretty much to himself.
        P.C. Dave Knight: Is there anything you know of about his recent behaviour that might help explain...
        Stuart Hopkins: No, that's just it, I mean this is completely out-of-character, I've asked around but apparently he never normally goes higher than the fourth floor.

      • Roy Mallard: So the current situation is what, that er, no officers carry guns?
        Chief Inspector George Carpenter: That's right, but we have certain officers who've been 'weapons-trained' and we also have a special unit: the T.S.G. which we can call upon at any time.
        Roy Mallard: And what does that stand for?
        Chief Inspector George Carpenter: It won't stand for anything they're a very tough group of men.

      • Stuart Hopkins: [Looking up towards the roof] He says he been planning it for weeks, I mean it's just possibly some sort of stunt but... actually as he himself says he's quite a dull person so I can't really see that.

      • Roy Mallard: Today is an especially long day for Dave - as well as his own shift in the afternoon, he's doing an extra shift as a favour to a colleague, who's wife is about to conceive a baby.

      • Roy Mallard: [referring to Dave putting on his police uniform] This isn't just a matter of turning up for work. For Dave, each shift begins with what amounts to a ritual transformation every bit as significant as that undertaken by a minister of religion, or a clown.

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