Trainee police special testing pepper spray (c) BBC
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Trainee police specials try pepper spray

28 April 2014 Last updated at 02:47 BST

As part of their intensive training programme, trainee police specials are given the chance to experience for themselves how painful pepper spray is.

In this clip from the BBC One series First Time on the Front Line, a team of trainees in Cheshire embarks on this uncomfortable test.

The oldest recruit, Sarah, is given the option of not taking part in the exercise, but does not hesitate in taking it on. She soon starts to regret her decision.

The first episode of First Time on the Front Line will be broadcast on Monday 28 April at 1130 BST