LAW & ORDER surveys the wide range of work the police are asked to perform: enforcing the law, maintaining order, and providing general social services. The incidents shown illustrate how training, community expectations, socio-economic status of the subject, the threat of violence, and discretion affect police behavior.
LAW & ORDER won an Emmy Award as the Best News Documentary in 1969.
LAW & ORDER was the most powerful hour and a half of television that I’ve seen all year…
–Pauline Kael, The New Yorker
… a vivid impression of (the policemen’s) working lives and through this a complex sense of what it means to be in their position in a large American city… There is the implicit threat of violence in any radio call. Moreover, the cops are expected to dispose of countless routine problems drunks, accidents, family quarrels that can’t be ‘solved’ to anyone’s satisfaction and that most ‘decent’ people don’t want to touch.
–Gary Arnold, The Washington Post
Educationalincludes public performance rights
released 1969, 81 minutes
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