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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Mainstream Publishing (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780575254
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780575254
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 102,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"I laughed, I cringed, and I also found myself deeply disturbed by it . . . Officer 'A' does not pull any punches" (Kevin Morris QPM, Head of the Superintendents Association for England and Wales)

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'The difference between a good detective and a successful criminal is paper thin' - CID induction lecture

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 May 2012
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Knowing Officer A and how fond he was of a good story I approached this book with a huge wad of skepticism. I needn't have. Yes the stories of actual incidents are written in a style that would seem to exaggerate them, but that's to be expected from a book - boring stories don't sell books.
The real story - the demise of a proud, hard working Detective and increasingly failing family man - starts to come through about half way through the book and for me this was worth the read. He isn't alone and his is a story worth telling, a warning that the 'modern' police service is becoming more and more lost, obsessed with 'modernising' amidst claims that policing has become very complex. It isn't. Thieves still steal, burglars still break into houses and yobs still fight on a friday night. The 'management' however, seem to have lost the ability to Police. Whimsical management practises, changing direction in the slightest political breeze, together with interference from clueless politicians who once they're elected suddenly become experts in policing, are causing confusion, despair and resentment. It is destined to get worse. As a result there will be more casualties like Officer A.
Officer A can hold his head high. While he was serving, he did so with a passion, a professionalism and a commitment that is rarely seen these days. He achieved a lot in a short time, more than many do in a full thirty years! His only mistake was giving too much of himself and believing he would be thanked for it and supported when he needed it.
I wish him well for the future and a speedy return to good health.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Maglite on 26 April 2012
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I'm a former CID officer of many years experience, of pensionable service and an avid reader. What can I say? Well done comes to mind.
I believe the types of event described can happen. I think this shows that the job really can bring the best and worst in life.
I really feel for today's police officers what with the increasing pressure, violence and legislative changes. What's more is that the government are unashamedly doing their best to make it even harder for frontline officers.
The author clearly was a competent officer otherwise he would not have been allowed into the CID, much less survived many years or have been endorsed by senior officers at times in his career.
It seems to me that he does identify many short fallings in the system of process these days and brings forward so many relevant issues. Shocking detection rates, poor court disposal and a watered down police force which seems to be the case everywhere in this country now.
Even if half of this book were true, and I suspect it's more than half, it is a shocking indictment of what officers can and do endure even if it's an unpopular view.
In my office I did see detectives literally work themselves into the ground for the love of the job, sacrifice family life and stray off the moral path in their work and the bar. It isn't just CID in my experience who do suffer but every officer who puts in the effort.
The police is a wonderful organisation doing wonderful things but I never lose sight that it has its casualties. It can be a rewarding job, a destructive job, a fulfilling job and an exciting job. Sometimes all of these at once, whatever area of policing an officer is in, but rarely is it without ugliness being far away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bibliophile on 16 Jan 2014
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I enjoyed this book. I found the last few pages the most thought provoking in how we perceive the police, what we expect of them, and our need for them. Officer A writes honestly, and I have no reason to doubt what he says. Disturbing, but not particularly surprising is that power plays such a large role in life, not just the police in getting aspects changed over-ruled, forgotten about or just totally brushed under the carpet, and basically ignored. I imagine Surrey Police force is no different than any other police force in how it works and treats people. It is disturbing that so little research is done, the powers that be do not want to really know as they would have to do something, into PTSD-post-traumatic stress disorder which would seem an obvious result of dealing with many of the terrible events that occur to people. I do not want to comment on how true the events that are related to in the book, just to say it is a good read, and certainly made me think more positively about the police, and the fact that they start out wanting to do good, and to make society a better place for people to live in.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By TecDec on 21 April 2012
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It is getting quite tedious reading "reviews" from someone who is unable to show they have purchased the book. I worked with him and apart from the obvious places where he says it was not him I think I can vouch for 80% of what he says to be true. I suggest all the anonymous and not real name bad reviewers should crawl back up the senior officers backsides and stop deliberately trying to do down a good honest book which is as well written as any other "tell it like it is" police book.

I have to admit I work for Surrey Police and was wondering why the big wigs at HQ were so keen to play down this book, well now I know - the truth hurts At least I bought it (kindle) and at least I read it. Some reviewers obviously did not or they would not have written such reviews. I suspect they knew him and did not like him, well he was a bit abrasive, well quite a bit actually but a very good DC despite that. I did feel he was being disloyal but after what they did to him who can blame him? Fiction? no too much is true, Ego? possibly but he is too honest about his own problems for his own good in the book so I do not hold with that. If the SOG want to say he is disgruntled then all I can say is you earned his wrath. I could not put it down, a very good read. Oh and we are not perfect why pretend otherwise?
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