The different functions of the police service are discussed. Crime prevention work includes advising people on improving their security. Street patrols and preserving the peace are also important functions. In particular, city centres can become focal points for crime on Friday and Saturday nights. It is the job of the police to make these areas as safe as possible.

First broadcast:
17 February 2001

Students could be asked what they think the police do and asked to create a spider diagram. This could then be compared with the two examples included within the clip.