• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Discuss The Changing Representation Of The Police In British Crime Series And Police Dramas.

Extracts from this document...


Discuss The Changing Representation Of The Police In British Crime Series And Police Dramas According to the definition the Oxford School Dictionary, represent means "1) to show a person or thing in a picture or play etc. 2) to symbolize, stand for, 3) be an example or equivalent of something;" whereas representative is defined as "a person or thing that represents another or others". In this essay, I shall relate the definitions to various examples of police shows from the history of the police genre, and how they represent real police to us as an audience. All media texts are constructed to make us think a certain way about any given subject and to convey certain views and opinions. We, as an audience, are expected to suspend our disbelief and believe that the actors are real policemen and women. For example if a police officer on TV breaks the rules we will believe that real officers also do. The Heinemann English Dictionary defines genre as "a style, variety or category especially in art, film and writing". In the Police/Crime genre the conventions and iconography we would expect in a police series/drama include the police uniform, police car and siren. The locations we would expect to find in a police series/drama are a police station, where the main police characters would meet together- as they would meet in a pub or caf� if ...read more.


The criminals that were shown in the series' were now becoming ethnic minorities such as black and Asian people. This was producing conflict between the ethnic minorities and crime drama's producers and writers, who had to create criminals from all cultures and backgrounds. As "Dixon of Dock Green" was one of the first crime shows in Britain, it was the basis of many others. The scene when Dixon talks to his sergeant begins with Dixon addressing the audience; he is direct to the camera, which immediately places us on the side of the police. The style is very different to that of "The Cops" as there is no element of the documentary style as both the actor and viewer are equally conscious of each other's presence. We jump cut to the crime scene were a white middle-aged council member reports a break in. We don't meet the criminal; there is no violence or confrontation. The interest lies in observing how Dixon finds the culprit, which we know he does because at the beginning he speaks retrospectively. The police station is the centre of the community and the people there are committed to serving the local people, which we can tell from Dixon's conversation with the sergeant. The genre is 'safe' as a viewer's sense of security is confirmed - Dixon will restore order in the community. ...read more.


During the interview between Roy and Nicko, the following issues and conflicts are introduced. Everything exists in relation to other things, like opposites. For example black cannot exist without white and good without bad. These cause conflicts. Traditionally in crime shows the conflicts are good vs. bad, police (law) vs. criminals (disorder). As an audience, we are usually on the side of the police. Other conflicts in more modern shows include experience vs. innocence, bending the rules vs. playing by the rules. In the scene Roy's behaviour blurs the boundaries of right and wrong. He believes he is doing the wider community a favour. Although, this is what he thinks, this almost certainly won't change Nicko's behaviour. He will probably have to steal again to replace the drugs Roy took. Roy doesn't do his job to its full extent. Roy's behaviour is vindictive and unprofessional; and has implications for civil liberties. Overall since the beginning of the genre, the police were represented as hardworking, trustworthy - all the things we would expect the police to be. The crimes started off as murders etc, but then became minor - break-ins etc. As time went on, the police became more human, and did not always play by the rules. The crimes were also becoming more serious like murders. They were not the crimes we would want to see, but more realistic and closer to real life. Annabelle Baker 10PC Media Discuss The Changing Representation Of The Police In British Crime Series And Police Dramas ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Crime & Deviance section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Crime & Deviance essays

  1. Crime and its effects on society. Police Reform Act 2002 The police ...

    � Amends the definition of "public assembly" in Section 16 of the Public Order Act 1986 so that instead of 20 people being required to constitute an "assembly", only two are needed. P2- Research document General: Sentences are punishments given out by a court in order to protect the public, punish the offender in accordance with the crime they committed.

  2. Describe law and order in London in the late 19th century

    public view for any clues and leads but was later declared a hoax on the 10th October by Sir Charles Warren. A tabloid journalist most likely writ and sent the letter as the context it contained inside generally advised of terrible actions and teasing the police where theoretically it would have been sent to any police department.

  1. Referring to the John Duffy "Railway Rapist" case to illustrate, discuss the strengths and ...

    When arrested, DeSalvo was found to be a heterosexual construction worker living with his family. In the UK, the Rachel Nickell case is seen as a failure of offender profiling. 'Rachel Nickell was a young woman who was brutally murdered in mid-morning while walking on Wimbledon Common in south London.

  2. With reference to at least four police dramas explain how the genre of police ...

    This allows viewers to see the emotions that people experience by being victims of crime. This can be seen as very symbolic in contrast to the original title sequence of the Bill. Camera shots and editing have also changed. Older title sequences of the Bill used long camera shots, which were not varied and were focused on a particular person.

  1. Using the example of violent crime show the strengths and weaknesses of police recorded ...

    The BCS also has very broad categories, the only section that refers to violent crime is wounding, it could be argued that this category is too wide and could not be analysed effectively. However, figures show that the response rate for wounding for under 16s was 91%, this high response

  2. What institutional problems and social concerns were associated with the establishment and rise of ...

    the Justice of the Peace, to whom the parish constable was responsible". Furthermore, (Mawby 1999) "two pieces of legislation then moulded the policing system for the next 400 years: the Statute of Winchester (1285) and the Justices of the Peace Act (1361).

  1. The British Penal System

    * Imprisonment- a court has to consider whether or not to impose a custodial sentence. The court must be aware of all the information about the circumstances of the offence. The court must also obtain a report when considering the length of the sentence.

  2. What is a gang?

    through and also they don?t know for sure that it will effect then in the future. To continue this humiliated subject, people may ask question regarding the clothes gangsters wear or the thing that may think that they are bigger than us.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work