Ter­ri­tory Cops

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 7.30pm, Crime and In­ves­ti­ga­tion Net­work ‘‘ Keep­ing the peace in this troppo town re­quires a spe­cial breed of cop,’’ the nar­ra­tor in­tones about polic­ing Dar­win. As pre­sented, the city’s po­lice are a com­bi­na­tion of so­cial work­ers and pro­tec­tors of the vul­ner­a­ble, in most cases need­ing pro­tec­tion from their own ine­bri­a­tion. From in­dige­nous Aus­tralians to Ir­ish tourists and sundry drunks and dead­beats of all eth­nic­i­ties, Dar­win is just awash with drink, drunks and the may­hem that fol­lows both. In this week’s episode, a po­lice­woman tries to help a woman at risk of a beat­ing from a drunken part­ner. A snif­fer dog picks out per­haps the world’s dumbest drug run­ner. And a pair of po­lice try to help the vic­tim of a do­mes­tic. Yes, it’s all from the po­lice point of view, there is no men­tion of cases of peo­ple dy­ing for want of care in cus­tody and the cops in the show are pre­sented as end­lessly pa­tient and sym­pa­thetic to the drunks and dills they meet on the street. But if there is a case for a dry Dar­win, this show makes it.

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