It appears that Line Of Duty has increased the number of applications to join MET Police’s anti-corruption teams.
The super-popular BBC police drama – which returned to screens for its sixth series last month – follows AC-12, a fictional department investigating internal police corruption.
And its real-life equivalent – the Directorate for Professional Standards – has tripled the number of applicants since 2018.
Sign Up: Looks like Line Of Duty has increased the number of registrations to join MET Police’s anti-corruption teams
In 2017, 96 people signed up to participate in the hunt for ‘bent coppers’. In the same year, the show’s fourth season was broadcast on the BBC, gaining traction as a fan favorite.
While season three averaged 5.42 million viewers, season four climbed to 9.55 million.
Season five climbed further to 12.85. Season 6’s first episode alone brought in $ 13.36 million.
Meanwhile, the Professional Standards Directorate received 387 candidates in 2018, with 340 applications submitted in 2019.
Join in: The super-popular BBC police drama – which returned to screens for its sixth series last month – follows AC-12, a fictional department investigating internal police corruption
Another 354 people signed up after season five.
The statistics were obtained by The Sun, via a Freedom of Information request – which also reports that more than 1,300 agents were investigated between 2015-2017.
This has since decreased slightly. MailOnline has approached the Met for comment.
Police Chief Dame Cressida Dick has been known to slam the show, saying, ‘That’s so far from it. The standards and the professionalism are so high. ‘
She had also planned the BBC series Bodyguard, also created by Line Of Duty writer Jed Mercurio.
Aware: The real-life equivalent – the Directorate of Professional Standards – has tripled the number of applicants since 2018
In 2019, Dame Cressida said she sat alongside Line Of Duty star Vicky McClure at an awards ceremony and was inspired to give the drama a try.
The police chief was clearly unimpressed by either program and told the Radio Times, “I was sitting next to the protagonist. [McClure] at an event and I thought she was quite interesting and so I thought, “I better look at this a little bit”.
But I was absolutely outraged at the level of loose and extreme corruption portrayed as the way the police are in 2018-19.
Not a fan: With Police Chief Dame Cressida Dick, Line Of Duty has slammed, saying ‘the standards and the professionalism [in the police] are so high ‘
‘It’s so far from it. The standards and the professionalism are so high. But I could see it was a good drama. ‘
But she admitted she was much more annoyed by Bodyguard, starring Richard Madden as an officer protecting the Home Secretary, played by Keeley Hawes.
“It definitely pushed everyone up the wall here!” Lady Cressida said. I actually had to turn it off after about 20 minutes – the moment the home secretary made a pass against the protection officer was just outside the door, I’m afraid.
But in both series, we actually look a bit cool and interesting – probably a net positive. They generate interest and applications. Even if it is all completely ridiculous. ‘
Unimpressed: She admitted to being much more annoyed by Bodyguard, starring Richard Madden as an officer protecting the Secretary of the Interior, played by Keeley Hawes, both of which are pictured above
She also explained at the time that BBC One’s police documentary, The Met: Policing London, had also helped increase recruitment for the service.
Although her main operational priority is to reduce violence, she explained that she also wanted to increase public confidence in the police.
“I really believe that the more people know, the better it is,” said Dame Cressida about having a documentary made. So we have nothing to hide. These are good documentary makers and we get a lot of interest from people because of that. People who want to register with us and participate. ‘
Of course, there has been much outrage against the force in recent weeks, with calls for Dame Cressida to resign after a vigil for Sarah Everard – a woman murdered by a police officer last month – was treated aggressively by Met police. .