|Police Ten 7|
|Genre||Observational Documentary Television Series|
|Created by||Ross Jennings|
|Developed by||Ross Jennings|
|Directed by||Les Dawson|
|Presented by||Rob Lemoto (2014–present)|
Graham Bell (2002–14)
|Country of origin||New Zealand|
|No. of seasons||24|
|No. of episodes||28|
|Executive producer(s)||Ross Jennings, Philly de Lacey|
|Producer(s)||Ross Jennings, Sarah-Luise Whatford|
|Camera setup||Chris Brokensha|
|Running time||22 minutes (approximate)|
|Original network||TVNZ 2|
|First shown in||NZ|
|Original release||2002 –|
Police Ten 7 is a New Zealand reality television show, devised, created and produced by Ross Jennings for Screentime with the assistance of the New Zealand Police for TVNZ 2. The show profiles wanted offenders and asks the public (viewers) to help the police in their search for them. In addition, the program follows the work of police officers in their patrols and other police activities.
The show is hosted and narrated by Detective Sergeant Rob Lemoto, who replaced original host Detective Inspector (ret) Graham Bell in 2014.
Crimes and wanted criminals
One case is the episode's main case, and involves the host visiting the scene of the crime. A local detective takes the host and the audience through the events preceding, during, and following the offence. The alleged offender or offenders wanted are described, often with security camera footage or IdentiKit images. Other cases are described in smaller detail, and are either crimes with unknown offenders, or known offenders with warrants for their arrest.
Viewers are instructed to come forward with any information by telephoning the Police Ten 7 hotline on 0800-10-7-INFO (0800-10-7-4636). Information provided through the Police Ten 7 hotline has resulted in over 450 arrests since the show began, and some recent episodes have resulted in some fast arrests - one show in July 2009 resulted in all five wanted faces being arrested within 48 hours.
Each episode usually follows two or three call-outs by police in various cities around New Zealand, for various offences including alcoholism, drugs, violence, vandalism, theft, and general disorder. Sometimes the stories are light-hearted to break with the serious tone of the show. Events included in the 2010 season included the policing of University of Otago's Orientation Week and the Wellington Sevens. The then-coach of the Sevens was questioned over a parking violation, but was released when it was established he had been parked there for "at least thirty seconds".
In popular culture
- In October 2009, one of the police duties segments became an internet hit. Auckland police officer Sergeant Guy Baldwin was investigating a potential car thief claiming he was going to a local BP service station at 3am to buy a pie, when he told the thief he must "always blow on the pie", before adding the New Zealand Police motto "Safer communities together".
- The program was often referred to on the Australian radio show Get This.
- TV Guide Best on the Box Awards 2010 - Best Reality Series
- TV Guide Best on the Box Awards 2011 - Best Reality Series
- Shadwell, Talia (16 September 2014). "New host for Police Ten 7 revealed". Fairfax New Zealand (via Stuff.co.nz). Retrieved 16 September 2014.
- "About the show - Police Ten 7 - Television New Zealand". Retrieved 2010-07-24.
- "'Always blow on the pie': Watch the best (and worst) of Police Ten 7". 1 News. 2016-06-23.
- "Favourite presenters, actors named in annual TV awards". The New Zealand Herald. 2010-03-18. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
- "Paul Henry on top in Best on Box awards". Television New Zealand. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.