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Perverting the Course of Justice: The Hilarious and Shocking Inside Story of British Policing [Paperback]

Inspector Gadget
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2 Sep 2008
Welcome to Modern Britain - a country where you can be arrested for pinching a few crisps from a schoolfriend, throwing cream cakes or denying the existence of Santa Claus - while burglars, muggers and drug dealers go about their business unmolested by the forces of law and order.

Two years on from the ground-breaking 'Wasting Police Time' and 'Diary of an On Call Girl', the trilogy is complete - as the most senior police officer to date breaks ranks to tell the shocking truth about the collapse of the country's criminal justice system.

'Inspector Gadget' - writing anonymously for fear of the sack - tells how things have got worse, not better.

More targets, more paperwork and more lunacy... as the government and senior police officers pretend everything's OK.

With access to statistics about frontline police strength (much lower than you think), exclusive inside information and detailed analysis, Inspector Gadget reveals how bad things really are. Controversial, gripping, authoritative and, occasionally, very funny - this book takes readers where the powers-that-be don't want them to go.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (2 Sep 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906308047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906308049
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 169,014 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Read 12 Jan 2009
By susie
Having read Wasting Police Time: The Crazy World of the War on Crime and Diary of an On-call Girl: True Stories from the Front Line and loved them both I thought I would give this one a go. I wasn't disappointed! Perverting the Course of Justice isn't as funny as either of the first two (although it is amusing in parts); it gives major insight into the life of a man who has to tackle criminals, red tape and complete lunacy on a daily basis. It is also written in a great chatty style - it seems as though the author is talking directly to you about his experiences.

A fascinating and truly revelatory book, Inspector Gadget reveals that he is not allowed to make a cup of tea in his police station (in case he scalds himself), wear combat trousers (in case he injures himself on something he puts in a pocket), or turn on his desk fan until it has been checked by an expert (something that probably won't happen until December). He is, however, allowed deal with scores of drunken yobbos in his district of a Saturday night.
As he says: "Kettles and trousers - too dangerous.
"Tackling 250lbs of screaming, tattooed nightmare, armed only with a 50g tin of pepper spray which doesn't work and a flimsy aluminium stick - you carry on officer."

It is also a thought-provoking book. He describes what it is like attending horrific accidents and then having to visit a family and tell them that one of their loved ones is dead, knowing that he is going to shatter their world.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 100% True! 13 Sep 2008
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I am a serving polce officer and can say that after reading this book there is not one thing described I have not come across or thought. It is a great read and sadly very funny and very true. A MUST READ for every senior police officer, senior civil servant, journalist and politician in the land.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Targets, paperwork diversity . . . 11 Sep 2008
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It seems to be a common theme amongst those members of the police force who have broken ranks and described modern policing that most time is taken up with covering one's back and paperwork. Targets must be met whatever the cost which inevitably leads to concentration on minor, easily solved crimes rather than anything which is going to take a mountain of paperwork to complete. However this book is the very opposite of a rant against the status quo. The essence of police work shines through; the tragedy and the comedy and the great variety of humanity who may encounter the wrong side of the law together with those who turn to the police for help and receive what they need. I found it of absorbing interest and would recommend it to anyone who has even the vaguest interest in law and order and how it works - or doesn't work.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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I've been reading Gadget's blog for a while and picked this up out of curiosity. It's more of what was already published in the blog, but I certainly don't mean that in a bad way; this book is very well written and makes for a compelling read. Gadget's passion for doing a good job and frustration at being unable to do so as well as he'd like is apparent through the book, as is the emotional turmoil he feels at some of the appalling things he has seen and awful people he is forced to deal with.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
As a fellow British Police officer and frontline Police Inspector I have quietly watched 'Gadget' via his blogg from the sidelines for about 2 years. When the wiff of a book raised it head on the horizon I grinned like a Cheshire cat knowing that it's publication would make senior Police officers up and down the country and Politicians alike cringe with daunting anticipation. Well the wait is over now so the question is was it actually worth the wait? The simple answer is "Yes too bloody right it was!" I found 'Perverting the course of justice' by Inspector G' an excellent read which pulled no punches. This book really 'tells it how it is' and is 100% accurate in my opinion on the constraints and obstacles put in front of the frontline modern day Police officer. Buy the book its well worth it. Gadget if you read this review, and I assume you will as it's the first review placed on Amazon know that you have a lot of support out there. Well done mucker!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Tough on crime, tough on the causes of crime!" 25 Sep 2008
You may remember that statement, made back in 1997 by some grinning goon whose name escapes me.
Anyway, here we are eleven years later and Inspector Gadget, a frontline uniformed Police Inspector, tells us EXACTLY where a decade of Nu-Labour spin and soundbites have brought us to.
This book details the working life of a dedicated, conscientious Policeman. One of the ones we, the public, never seem to see patrolling the streets anymore (Gadget will tell you why this is.)
The Inspector's points are brilliantly written, matter-of-factly delivered and slam home like bullets. What could so easily have become a sub-Littlejohn rant is a thoroughly compelling (and, sadly, depressing) insight into the way the thin blue line has become entangled in paperwork, targets and political correctness.
As more and more of us become totally disillusioned with politicians on all sides of the spectrum, it's easy to see how any Party taking Gadget's words to heart and actually ACTING on them could walk straight into Number Ten courtesy of a landslide delivered a grateful public who are, like the good Inspector himself, so sick and tired of our Police Commissioners acting as glorified social workers, forever chasing Home Office targets instead of the underclass criminal vermin that infest our towns and cities.
This country has a Police Service. It desperately NEEDS a Police Force.
Read this book now.
Then buy another copy and send it to Jacqui Smith...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
enjoyed the book
Published 20 days ago by Mr. Alan S. Harris
5.0 out of 5 stars POLICING IN THE 21ST CENTURY
This is a very chilling read, and I have no doubt that all the incidents that Gadget talks about and discusses are true .Unfortunately for every action there is a reaction. Read more
Published 4 months ago by bibliophile
3.0 out of 5 stars Review of Insp. Gadget's book
It is quite revealing as to the problems facing the force. However, it is very light & easy reading, but not hilarious.
Published 6 months ago by M. N. Johns
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what i expected
This is a very very short book. More like a 2 page spread in a magazine. I thought it was going to be funny stories of peoples misadventures but sadly it was not what i expected
Published 6 months ago by Pammy
5.0 out of 5 stars Really entertaining
Entertaining, but serious in the sense that it highlights the cracks in the system and how much the forces have to cope with. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sunnie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This is a good and light hearted read about the police force. Whether you believe it not is up to you but it's worth a read
Published 7 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars good
Gripping, moving and by far the best book relating to modern policing. This complements wasting police time and will have you both frustrated and laughing,
Published 9 months ago by Rick
4.0 out of 5 stars Honest incite
This is a good honest incite into policing in the UK . As a serving Police officer I would say that 99% of rank and file officers would agree with 99% of this books contents. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A real insight
A real insight at todays modern Police. Disturbing in the fact that the powers that be think they're doing the right thing, when the front line know and think otherwise, leaving a... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Wumpty
3.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening but not hilarious.
I've only given a 3 because this book is advertised as 'hilarious'. Inspector Gadget makes fascinating revelations, sometimes in an amusing or sarcastic way, but it's certainly... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Anne
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