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Perverting the Course of Justice: The Hilarious and Shocking Inside Story of British Policing Paperback – 2 Sep 2008

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Monday Books (2 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906308047
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906308049
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By susie on 12 Jan. 2009
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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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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 11 Sept. 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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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By L. S. Douglas on 13 Sept. 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marlowe on 1 Nov. 2011
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For a long time I carried around a very negative view of the police. I've had my fair share of unpleasant experiences with them (e.g. abusive, aggressive, unhelpful etc.) but to be fair, it's not all been bad. After the London riots in August and watching half a dozen officers stand fast against hordes of thugs I wondered if perhaps my opinions needed a knowledge injection.
I started reading Gadget's blog and was sufficiently impressed to buy this book. I wasn't disappointed. If anything it is far more personal and interesting than his blog (which I enjoy). Some of the stories he tells are deeply moving. It's compelling and funny in equal measure. He comes across as a deeply moral and brave man who signed up to be a police officer for all the right reasons and is hampered at every turn by ignorant muppets in government.
Other stories are infuriating and often terrifying. The few who have wheeled out the obligatory canards about deaths in police custody etc. have willfully ignored Gadget's own views on the matter. He has no time for lazy, racist or thuggish cops and his beef with diversity policy is primarily down the fact that it puts members of the public in danger (often members of the public from ethnic minorities).
I've worked in a front line capacity and I know how vicious some people can be. Criticism of bad policemen is entirely right but dismissal of someone like Gadget as a 'typical white man' with an attitude from the seventies is as stupid as it is lazy. When you're getting your head kicked in by Gadget's enemies, you'll be very glad when he and his colleagues turn up to help you out. And when the courts 'punish' the louse who did it with a slap on the wrist, maybe you'll see where the man is coming from.
Good job, Gadget.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Top Cat on 19 Sept. 2008
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As a recently retired officer from a force very, very similar to Ruralshire ( in fact so similar i must have worked with Insp. Gadget ) i must say IT'S ALL TRUE.
I'm sorry members of the general public, but if you are wondering why...
( a ) You never see a uniformed officer on foot
( b ) It takes so long for the police to respond to your call
etc etc etc etc
you must read this hilarious and often sad account of how our thin blue line is drowning under the tidal wave of political correctness, diversity, PDR's, targets and general box ticking.
Well done Insp. G. for telling it as it is in 2008.
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