Use 'Traffic Cops UK' as an example of 'crime in the media' and explain what research methods (from the list below) were used to gain the ...?Use 'Traffic Cops UK' as an example of 'crime in the...

Use 'Traffic Cops UK' as an example of 'crime in the media' and explain what research methods (from the list below) were used to gain the ...?

Use 'Traffic Cops UK' as an example of 'crime in the media' and explain what research methods (from the list below) were used to gain the information and how these were implemented by the media to communicate information to the public?

Research methods -

·          Face to face interviews

·          Questionnaires

·          Use of official statistics

·          Participant and non participant observations

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M.P. Ossa eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Traffic Cops UK is a spin off of the show Police, Camera, Action! and it focuses primarily on traffic violations,  parking violations, police chases, police patroling, and situations at the police station dealing specifically with traffic.

Just like in PCA, Traffic Cops uses interviews (face to face) as a way to bring information to the public. In this show, face to face interviews happen most frequently because the policemen always have to question the driver about the tresspassing much like it happens here in the US when a police patrol stops to give you a ticket. Therefore, in that way the face to face interview happens consistently.

Questionnaires might also be used as part of the questionning part, for example: Do you know why I am stopping you? Do you know your speed limit? Have you been drinking tonight? What is your name and proof of insurance? All these questions are part of the face to face interview, and can serve as a questionnaire.

Statistics, like in PCA are merely used for additional information about the trends in traffic violations across the city, and throughout the years.

Participant and non participant observations are made through the cameras, especially when it comes to police chases, and the audience sees the entire process from the camera angle of helicopters, police cars, and witnesses.