River Cops

About the Show

About the Show

Cutting through the heart of London and offering unique access to the capital’s tourist attractions and iconic landmarks, the Thames is the perfect vantage point for planning crime and terror. With 80 officers and ten speedboats, the River Cops must police this 50 mile stretch of tidal river – and all the other waterways in London – 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Now with the heightened terrorist threat, 80% of the unit’s work is to prevent terrorism because, as one officer puts it, “They only have to be lucky once, we have to be lucky all the time.” Keeping terrorists out of parliament, and pulling people out of the river, is all in a day’s work for the River Cops. Enjoy this One Life special as they spend time with this unique police department.


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