The series was shown during the 1950's and 60's and followed on the success of the film "The Blue Lamp" Dixon was firm but very compassionate. Would clip a little kid round the earole for being cheeky and would take the teenager who had been stealing from the local shop home to face a spanking with dads firm hand on the bare backside. While also being more cautious and harsh on those that truly transgressed the law
Any officer that is too concerned with why a criminal behaves the way they do and wanting to help criminals out of a life of crime is called "Dixon of Dock Green". An old fashioned copper.
Dixon was notoriously affected by the humanity behind the crime and the criminal was a product of hapless circumstance which caused Dixon personal pain at times.
He cycled round on a pushbike
Dixon of Dock Green !
Dixon of fookin dock fookin Green I ask yer !