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Your Police Advisor

Whatever stage you’re at, I can bring my policing experience to bear to make your script, podcast, book or Film/TV production's police-related scenes truly authentic.

Script Advising

 

Getting the script right is vital to avoid problems further down the line. Where there is police involvement in a scene, I can be involved in the early stages of story research and production planning, including assistance with research of historical detail, and checking understanding before an idea develops so far that it’s difficult to change. I can quickly help the scriptwriter to move the story forward while maintaining authenticity and reality - even suggesting alternative angles for the story which may help to solve a block.

 

On Set

 

Having me on set during filming as your Police Advisor can help the director / 1AD and crew to get the best out of the scene with the minimum of fuss. I can help to coordinate complicated scenes, working as necessary with stunt coordinators and other advisors (such as military experts), to take some of the pressure off the directing team.

 

Extras / Actors

 

I can also advise on where actors/supporting artistes/extras playing police officers should be located, and what they might be realistically doing during the scene, including working with the armourer if firearms are on set. I can carry out live checks of costume and equipment, fixing problems before they arise and providing another pair of eyes for continuity. 

Since retiring from the police, I’ve also worked extensively as a Supporting Artiste (extra), often playing a police officer, on various productions - so I have a good understanding of how a Film/TV set works, and what is needed during production.

I understand the difference between reality and drama-that what is 100% authentic might not necessarily translate to an exciting story, and I can help you to walk this tightrope to find the right mix of authenticity, without derailing the drama.

 

Expertise and advice on topics including:

  • Police uniform and equipment (including vehicles)

  • Police law, policy and procedure

  • Police language, culture and ethos

  • Police firearms operations (including ARVs, CTSFOs)

  • Police response to major incidents

  • Public order, traffic, dog handling, even mounted police (horses!)

  • Crime scene management - CSI / SOCO / Scenes of Crime

  • Undercover work - including surveillance deployments

  • Criminal Investigations, interviewing, custody procedures

I can provide support and advice to your production as and when needed, for example:

  • Technical advice during script / story development

  • Advice and guidance to set builders/dressers, prop masters, costume departments - and more -as required

  • Working with and alongside the director/1AD during shooting

  • On-set guidance to actors, supporting artistes/extras, including "wrangling"!

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