Chief Superintendent Gordon Lang said: “We have been aware that Love Productions has been filming in Kingston Road in Stockton for some time. We have not been working with Channel 4 or the production company whilst they film Benefits Street and they have not actively engaged us.
“Like viewers across the country, we saw the episode broadcast tonight for the first time and some viewers will be concerned about the drug misuse and criminal activity being shown.
“We will assess the footage as to whether it can assist us in any live investigations or whether new investigations will be launched as a result of the programme.
“Our local policing officers care passionately about the Kingston Road area and have created good links with residents. They have their ears to the ground, gathering information on criminal activity to put people behind bars and keep the streets safe.
“You may continue to see our officers on the programme as they work with partners to tackle crime – and whilst this will show a snapshot in time to a national audience, this work continues everyday for the benefit of local people.
“Patrols in the area will continue as normal tomorrow, and I would use this opportunity to appeal to anyone within our communities who sees crime taking place, to call us on the non-emergency number 101, 999 for an emergency response, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”