The successful co-commission by BBC Scotland and BBC Factual is set to return with two new series, each consisting of six episodes lasting sixty minutes. This will once again immerse viewers in the day-to-day challenges faced by the Highlands and Islands division of Police Scotland, a force unlike any other in Britain.
Produced by Firecrest Films, the programmes will shadow the police officers as they combat a wide range of crimes in some of the most breathtaking and demanding locations in the country. Their duties span from safeguarding endangered wildlife to locating individuals lost in the wilderness. These officers go to great lengths, to ensure the safety of inhabitants in isolated communities and in Britain’s northernmost city.
Encompassing an expansive territory of 12,000 square miles, including lochs, glens, islands, and mountains, the Highlands and Islands division of Police Scotland constitutes the largest jurisdiction in Britain. This series will chronicle the remarkable variety of incidents that these officers encounter on a daily basis. Their caseload encompasses significant national events, local community matters, and on-the-ground crime prevention efforts.
The division is deeply integrated into small, far-flung communities, yet remains closely connected to the national force, Police Scotland, stepping in when serious crimes necessitate additional resources. This dynamic involves employing state-of-the-art crime-fighting techniques alongside traditional rural policing methods, addressing 21st-century challenges that threaten longstanding ways of life.
For the Highland Cops, effective policing requires an entirely distinct skill set compared to urban policing. They not only operate in these areas but also reside within them, fully integrated into the local community. For a Highland Cop, policing isn’t merely an occupation – it’s a way of life.
David Harron, commissioning executive for BBC Scotland says: “Highland Cops proved to be a hugely popular series with audiences across the UK and particularly in Scotland so we’re delighted to be investing in its return for a further two series. The cameras will once again capture the challenges faced on the country’s biggest police beat and follow a cast of officers who show us what it takes to police such a vast area. Highland Cops is a key title in our strategy to showcase and reflect Scotland to audiences both within Scotland and also across the UK.”
Tom Coveney, Commissioning Editor, BBC Factual says: “With the most jaw-dropping scenery in the UK, and the most amazing range of crime-fighting, Highland Cops is a truly distinctive blue light documentary. I can’t wait to see the stories Firecrest uncover across the two new series.”
Highland Cops, comprising two new series, each consisting of six episodes lasting sixty minutes, is a co-commission by BBC Scotland and BBC Factual, slated for broadcast on BBC Two and iPlayer. The commission was authorised by Louise Thornton, Head of Commissioning BBC Scotland, and Jack Bootle, Head of Commissioning, Specialist Factual. The production is being undertaken by Firecrest Films, with David McConnell serving as Series Producer and Vari Innes and Iain Scollay as Executive Producers.
The Commissioning Executive for BBC Scotland is David Harron, and the Commissioning Editor for BBC Factual is Tom Coveney.