Police Ten 7

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,[2] who replaced original host Detective Inspector (ret) Graham Bell in 2014.

It also airs in Australia on Fox8 and in the UK on Pick

Police Ten 7 takes its name from the New Zealand Police ten-code 10-7, which means "Unit has arrived at job".

Police Ten 7
GenreObservational Documentary Television Series
Created byRoss Jennings
Developed byRoss Jennings
Directed byLes Dawson[1]
Presented byRob Lemoto[2] (2014–present)
Graham Bell (2002–14)
Country of originNew Zealand
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons24
No. of episodes28
Executive producer(s)Ross Jennings, Philly de Lacey
Producer(s)Ross Jennings, Sarah-Luise Whatford
Camera setupChris Brokensha
Running time22 minutes (approximate)
Production company(s)Screentime
Original networkTVNZ 2
Picture format1080i
Audio formatStereo
First shown inNZ
Original release2002 –
External links
Production website


Crimes and wanted criminals

The crimes and wanted offenders section of the show usually features up to five crimes or persons wanted for various offences, including burglary, assault, and drug offences.

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.[3]

Police duties

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".[4]

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".[5]
  • The program was often referred to on the Australian radio show Get This.


  • TV Guide Best on the Box Awards 2010 - Best Reality Series[6]
  • TV Guide Best on the Box Awards 2011 - Best Reality Series[7]

See also


  1. ^ http://www.screentime.co.nz/broadcast-show?pi_showid=8
  2. ^ a b Shadwell, Talia (16 September 2014). "New host for Police Ten 7 revealed". Fairfax New Zealand (via Stuff.co.nz). Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  3. ^ http://www.screentime.co.nz/index.php/page/show/pi_showid/8
  4. ^ "About the show - Police Ten 7 - Television New Zealand". Retrieved 2010-07-24.
  5. ^ "'Always blow on the pie': Watch the best (and worst) of Police Ten 7". 1 News. 2016-06-23.
  6. ^ "Favourite presenters, actors named in annual TV awards". The New Zealand Herald. 2010-03-18. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
  7. ^ "Paul Henry on top in Best on Box awards". Television New Zealand. 16 March 2011. Retrieved 3 October 2011.

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Ross James Jennings (13 November 1944 – 25 March 2016) was a New Zealand actor, becoming one of New Zealand’s most experienced television producers and directors, whose credits included The Mad Dog Gang, Close to Home, Moynihan, Inside Straight, feature film I Live With Me Dad, Australian TV series Special Squad and Acropolis Now, NZ’s soap Homeward Bound, New Zealand’s first reality series, Middlemore, Strip Search, Police Ten 7 and Melody Rules.He devised, created and produced TVNZ’s highly successful 36 hr live to air Millenium Show as well as devising, creating and producing Maori Television’s ANZAC Day show - a 17 hour, annual, live to air programme which played a large part in the resurgence of the ANZAC Day revitalisation in NZ, as well as becoming Maori Television’s flagship programme.

Born in Hawera in 1944, Jennings was raised by his mother in Taihape and Hawera, his father having died during World War II.As a member of the NZ Players and Children’s Art Theatre, Ross Jennings toured NZ as an actor before being granted a QE2 Arts Council Grant to study acting in England where he worked at Salisbury Theatre and took on minor television and film roles, before returning to New Zealand in 1971.

He joined the NZBC in 1973, and the Drama Department within 18 mths, mentored by producer Tony Issac.

He was appointed Head of Drama for TVNZ in the late 70’s and left for Australia to work with Grundy Productions and finally to head Crawford Production’s Development Department in 1982. During this period he produced his first feature film, I Live With Me Dad.

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