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David Copperfield
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1 Feb 2012
The long-awaited follow-up to the bestselling Wasting Police Time (Monday Books, 2008), Wasting More Police Time takes readers back to the front line of British policing for more fascinating stories and insights.

PC David Copperfield was widely praised for the first book, which lifted the lid on bureaucracy, mismanagement and lunacy in the modern force.

Now police officers from all over the UK - speaking anonymously for fear of the sack - talk about the job, its frustrations, excitement and tragedies.

A 'Talking Blues' for the 21st century.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (1 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906308195
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906308193
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, eye-opening and addictive 26 Feb 2012
By susie
I got my eagerly-awaited copy of Wasting More Police Time on Saturday and have just finished it (Sunday). It is truly addictive, though not what I had expected.
Unlike the first book, Wasting Police Time: The Crazy World of the War on Crime, this time police officers from all over the UK (and even some who have left the UK to work in the police overseas) give us their tales from the front line.
The result is not for the faint-hearted - particularly the stories of death and having to break the news of tragedy to family members. The piece about the couple who had lost the baby they'd been trying for for years, and having to find the husband to bring him home from work, is truly heartbreaking.
As a member of the public it was a real eye-opener and made me think about the human beings underneath the uniform - admittedly a job PC Copperfield's earlier book had already done.
All good books provoke a reaction in the reader and book made me sad, cross and surprisingly optimistic - that there are still lots of decent people who are prepared to put themselves on the line for the good of society.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supporting evidence 16 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Copperfield's excellent first book was vulnerable to criticism that it was just one man's experience, not representative etc etc. Notoriously, Tony McNulty MP dismissed it in the Commons as fiction.

The points Copperfield makes are too important to allow them to be so easily sidestepped, so this book is the testimony of some dozens of anonymous serving officers. As Copperfield's true identity was eventually established, they are all taking a real risk and must feel strongly about these issues.

To start there are a couple of chapters about the perennial problems of police work, dealing with society's human vermin and dealing with death, but the bulk of the book is about problems caused by politicians, courts and police senior management, i.e. new and often wholly unnecessary problems.

Criminals use extreme violence, especially against the police, at the drop of a hat, but are let off or charged with minor offences time and time again. Meanwhile the police are held to almost impossibly high standards. Like the army, they are often ill-equipped. They are still required to be PC Dixon when the world of Dock Green has long passed.

The big issue, though, as with the previous book, is the colossal amount of time and manpower that is simply wasted. Vast numbers of nominal policemen never set foot in the mean streets, but confine themselves to sending e-mails about targets from the comfort of their offices. For those doing real police work, procedures are wildly cumbersome, and they must take ten times as much time for diversity and sensitivity courses as for courses on catching criminals.

If the Home Secretary hasn't read this book she certainly should.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Moving, True. 29 Feb 2012
This book is a significant departure from the original 'wasting police time' which was itself a superb and insightful book. Whereas the original was a normal policeman offering his own anecdotes and thoughts on the job in the same manner as the famous blog- this book instead contains the views of the frontline and their experiences of dealing with death, the stress of the job, a justice system which some contributors allege fails victims, and the sometimes incredibly moving sense of isolation from those who cannot understand the unique set of pressures which such a variety of emotions impose on a modern police officer.

More than yet another police book. This is simply essential reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read!!! 27 Feb 2012
This book is addictive, shocking, funny, moving and exciting in turns. Written in down to earth copper-speak, it's hard hitting and pulls no punches.

A must read for anyone with an interest in Law and Order or in how the current destructive cuts are affecting policing and therefore the safety of all of us.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Suberb 14 July 2012
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An easy to read book about 21st Century policing. I know lots of police officers who have to deal with everything described in this book. A MUST READ FOR POLITICIANS of all parties.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Teresa May... take note 15 Jun 2012
By Allie
Not only is this book extremely important it is also highly amusing, PC Copperfield has a natural gift for satire! I am an extremely proud daughter of a former police officer who served for over 30 years, 4 of my siblings have also followed Dad into the force, I myself have been unable to do so due to a health complaint. As you can see I have more than just a passing interest in this subject. It is an enormous part of my life and I am already more than familiar with the humans behind the uniform but I was still shocked by this book. Our police force is admired the world over (rightly so) but the government are slowly destroying it with their red tape, bureaucacy and human rights. I will no longer waste my time arguing the toss with ignorant friends and colleagues over the latest police bashing news story, I will simply recommend they read this book and I suggest somebody send the Home Secretary a copy as soon as possible!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By CJ1980
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Following on from the 2006 publication 'Wasting Police Time', this second book put together by Stuart Davidson (i.e. David Copperfield) is really just a compilation of extracts and views from serving police officers around the UK. The original book was more or less a journal of Davidson's (then) day to day role as a uniformed response officer on the streets of a small industrial town in Staffordshire. 'Wasting More Police Time' differs from it's parent book in that this shows Davidson was not alone in his views and opinions in that the 21st century police service is really in a crisis of bureaucracy and political white wash and a criminal justice system that is in a state of complete farce. The theme of the stories varies throughout the book and the topics range from road traffic collisions, court punishments, stop & search legislation to last year's riots and student protests. The views of the officers are sometimes witty and light hearted to more dramatic experiences in the job such as one serving police sergeant recalling the day his 25-year-old son (also a serving PC) was killed on his motorbike on his way to work. Another powerful tale is of a response officer attending a serious traffic collision and watching a trapped driver burn to death in a car as he was unable to free him while waiting for the fire brigade to arrive. A very good book that more than 90% of the British police service (whether still serving or retired) can relate to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars more sombre than first book
Not quite as good as his first book but very revealing nevertheless. My son is a policeman and tells me similar stories. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Chris Eldndge
1.0 out of 5 stars I can only consider its written by a smug copper ...
I can only consider its written by a smug copper who has a chip on his shoulder and has spent so long in the force that hes no longer tolerant of anyone earning a lesser wage than... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Romany
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as funny as his first book.
If you enjoyed his first book 'Wasting Police Time' you will not be disappointed by this sequel.
Published 1 month ago by jtrackpaul
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 2 months ago by Michael Dobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Tells it like it is
The Police are not perfect and there are good arguments both ways, so if you have ever been a victim and blamed the Police for not doing enough, read this to see where the real... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. A. S. Greenland
5.0 out of 5 stars wasting more police time
the delivery service was amazing (by return of post) The book as the previous book wasting police time was very funny. It gives an insight through humour of a coppers life. Read more
Published 4 months ago by rob
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for any bobby
The sequel is even better than the original, taking the views of bobbys from around the country to confirm my suspicion that we're all thinking the same thing! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Tim Pottle
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy read and thought provoking
The police from within...nice written style and well worth the price. A good follow on to the original volume which was also hugely enjoyed
Published 10 months ago by Ian Mc
4.0 out of 5 stars As true as it gets
After reading the first instalment of Wasting poilce time I felt that this book tells the truth about the state of our "modern" ploice force. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sandra
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
In this follow-up to PC Copperfield's 'Wasting Police Time', a large number of other police officers corroborate the assertions of PC Copperfield: The failings of the CPS, the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by John Hope
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