Traffic Cops

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This article is about the BBC documentary series. For the UK policing function, see Road policing unit. For various police officers with traffic duties, see traffic officer. For various policing units with traffic duties, see traffic police.
Traffic Cops
Traffic Cops (TV series) titlecard.jpg
Current Traffic Cops title card
Genre Motoring / Police
Directed by Bruce Lippold
Narrated by Jamie Theakston
Steven Mackintosh
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 16
No. of episodes 101 (as of 19 December 2016) (list of episodes)
Location(s) United Kingdom
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Mentorn
Original network BBC One (2003 - 2016)
BBC One HD (2011 - 2016)
BBC Three (2016)
BBC Three HD (2016)
Channel 5 (2016 - Present)
Picture format 16:9
Original release 18 March 2003 (2003-03-18) – present
Related shows Car Wars
Motorway Cops

Traffic Cops is a British documentary series on Channel 5 (previously BBC One) which follows Road Policing Units from various UK police forces.

Traffic Cops has consistently been one of the most watched factual series on UK television. It, along with its spin-off series Motorway Cops, are produced by Folio Productions, a subsidiary of Mentorn Media. Both shows were broadcast on the BBC until 2016. Between 2003 and 2015, Jamie Theakston narrated the programme. On 28 June 2016, Mentorn Media announced that the show had been recomissioned by Channel 5, and would mark a return of Jamie Theakston with an "expanded on-screen role". [1]

A notable episode of the show featured footage of the 2008 double suicide attempt of Ursula and Sabina Eriksson, which occurred in front of a production team as they accompanied officers to the scene.

Police forces involvement[edit]

The show follows the day-to-day role of a traffic officer and the incidents they come across. The current series follows Officers from the Roads Policing Group and Road Crime Team from North Yorkshire Police, as well as the Roads Policing Unit from West Yorkshire Police. Previous series have followed the Yorkshire & The Humber Regional Roads Crime Team, West Yorkshire Police, Cheshire Constabulary, Hampshire Constabulary, Humberside Police, South Wales Police, South Yorkshire Police, Sussex Police, Bedfordshire Police and Hertfordshire Constabulary.


The majority of filming takes place at the scene of incidents, with occasional cuts to police stations and interview rooms. Locations include Yorkshire, Hampshire, Cheshire, Humberside, South Wales, and Bedfordshire.[2]


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