John Corbett is the leader of a criminal gang, who has already ordered the deaths of three police officers. The dramatic revelation of his true identity came at the end of the opening episode of the BBC One thriller on Sunday.
Eight million viewers tuned in to see the return of anti-corruption unit AC and its officers played by Vicky McClure, Martin Compston and Adrian Dunbar in the fifth series of the gripping drama. But what is it really like to spend months, even years, undercover? He left in the early s due to medical reasons and is now a screenwriter and actor. He says: "There are comparisons between going undercover and acting, although the reviews are a bit more problematic when your audience is hardened criminals.
Had they not, I may have been killed. You want them to be comfortable with you. I had the barrel of a gun shoved in my mouth. It involved my partner and I importing huge quantities of cocaine. Following a curry, we ended up at the She Club in Liverpool. The Canadian carried on setting out the deal. It was clear he was a ruthless top player.
He suddenly glared at me with a killer look. I laughed it off as he added, "If you are…" and touched my forehead with his two fingers, imitating a gun. I later learned my operational boss handed him over to the DEA. He ended up being sentenced to 25 years in America. The situation that scared me the most during my time infiltrating criminals happened while I was taking part in Operation Dakota, which involved going undercover with Asian heroin dealers.
An informant took me to a party that their leader was attending. The leader was serving a prison sentence but was released on temporary license at weekends.
I used the cover story that I was a deserter from the military and that I had previously been used to parachute equipment into the UK. I gained the leader's trust and we met up a few times. She then asked me if I knew any pilots who could import heroin. We had a pilot on the books at Scotland Yard, so I said yes.
She told me that some people would be flying over from Pakistan and that they wanted to meet the pilot. I picked them up from London and took them out to an airfield in Essex to see him. I was surprised at what big guys they were; all three of them were huge! We had to drive through miles of secluded landscape to get to our destination, and the fact that I was alone with three massive drug dealers in such an isolated place made me quite anxious.
I stopped at a petrol station partway through the journey to give my passengers a chance to go through the glove-box and find a number of items we'd put in there to make my cover story check out.
When I got back in the car, my feet were shaking so much from nerves that I couldn't control the clutch. UCs who are "under" for prolonged periods—years, sometimes—often need psychological counseling to deal with the conflict.
Local law enforcement UC operations generally last only a few months, at most, because of the cost and complexity of the effort. Occasionally, an agency will bring in an officer from another city or even another state to work as a UC.
This is especially true in smaller communities, where anyone from the immediate area is likely to be known by someone in the targeted group. Federal-level UC operations can go on for years.
The feds have the resources to do it right—use a UC who has no known associates in the area where he's working, fly him out of the area occasionally when he needs a break or a debrief, provide almost unlimited support for the persona. World globe An icon of the world globe, indicating different international options.
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To go "undercover" is to avoid detection by the entity one is observing, and especially to In part due to these concerns, the official Police Orders required all undercover operations to be specifically authorized by the superintendent. Undercover Cops (アンダーカバーコップス) is an arcade-style beat 'em up video game developed and published by Irem, originally for the arcades in
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