May The Force be with you

27 November 2017 For more information, please email our Press Office

A landmark documentary series on the history of the Scottish police – made by STV Productions for BBC Scotland – starts on BBC One this Monday, 27 November.

The Force: The Story of Scotland’s Police documents the service from its origins 400 years ago, when James VI of Scotland decreed every parish should have two constables, through to the 1800 establishment of the Glasgow City Police as the UK’s first formal force, right up to today’s modern public services organisation.

Three episodes will shine a spotlight on the service which has provided Scotland with centuries of law enforcement to keep the country’s peace and make our communities safer.

“This is a fascinating series which offers a real insight into the evolution of policing in Scotland over the years, and also traces the stories behind some of the country’s most notorious cases. With hugely powerful testimony from former officers it reveals how attitudes as well as techniques have changed and stands as a compelling piece of social history.”

David Harron, Commissioning Executive at BBC Scotland 

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