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5.0 out of 5 stars Gritty, eye-opening and addictive
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...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very important book, 4 Jun 2012
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This book contains a lot of complaining. Many police officers have plenty to say for themselves, that they've kept bottled up, or at least they feel they are not being listened to by governments or the general public.

Subjects are very topical - including the London riots of 2011, the causes of which we haven't finished talking about (I suspect we won't for some time). But also the representation of the police and rioters in the media, in particular the BBC and the 4 main 'broadsheets'.

Now I'm not naive enough to overlook the fact that the police will have their story, and the rioters perhaps will have their own perspective. But the more you read and research about what happened, the more unavoidable is the conclusion that the media coverage and opinions were FATALLY politicised, and thoroughly ill-informed.

Almost at once people started drawing the conclusions they wanted to, before any evidence was gathered. Those who wanted to blame 'inequality' for the riots got this story in as soon as they could, and then went looking for evidence to support it, as only the worst kind of scientist would. There was much knee-jerk criticism of the police.

If you subscribe to any of this, do yourself a favour and read this book, get the view of the people who were there, and had to deal with it. You'll learn more than if you spent hours reading the alarmingly bad journalism from the papers or the BBC.

I didn't find much about The Steven Lawrence case, which is a shame because there is another story the press has mostly failed to tell here. Also this book was probably completed before something on the recent 'grooming' scandal. The fight against racism does seem to have made some aspects of police work harder. Again, dial-a-quote journalists are on hand to make a generalised accusation against the police of racism. Some officers, all the same, do approve of the drive to stamp out racism in the force.

But most of all you'll see the story (already told by David Copperfield, Inspector Gadget and others) of the ridiculousness of modern UK police-work, the form filling, and having to ask people if they are 'happy with the service', while crooks laugh and get away with more crime.

The stories and opinions are heartfelt, and mostly contributed anonymously - so I am inclined to trust them all the more. Also there are many different opinions represented. The police see a side to human nature that most of us don't - thank goodness. We should listen to what they have to say about it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 29 July 2013
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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 bureaucracy, the penny-pinching savings, the shortcomings of equipment, and the political correctness gone wild. The authors make no bones about the fact that the policies of government(s), the social services, the judicial system, and the prison parole system are leading to reduced effectiveness of policing and resulting in serious and persistent criminals going unpunished.

The multitude of different authors all singing from the same songbook make this book more credible than its predecessor. Furthermore, the authors are drawn from police forces all over the UK, and the reader gets a better chance to understand their often very brave efforts to preserve law and order and help the public, sometimes under grisly and harrowing conditions. Reading this book will give you a better perspective of the police force and the work they do. Next time you get a speeding ticket for doing 80mph on a 70mph motorway, you'll understand that, in all likelihood, the policeman who nabbed you would much rather be after burglars, rapists, murderers and muggers, than sitting by the roadside helping his bosses tick 'crime solved' boxes for the government.
Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sad but probably true., 28 Jun 2013
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It seems this is yet another target led profession that has been spoilt by people who would rather talk about how the job should be done rather than getting on with it. There are some very sad stories in this one and it makes you wonder why anyone would want to do this very difficult job. The police have certainly got my respect, and thanks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars They can't all be wrong can they?, 21 Jun 2013
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A collection of tales from officers of all ages, service lengths and forces - some sad, some tragic, some funny and some absurd. The common threads which run through them all is the unpredictability of police work and the frustration felt by front-line officers at the lack of support, and some times deliberate obstruction put in their way by their leaders, the CPS but most of all politicians, which prevents them from giving the level of service that they would like to the general public. The media love to carry stories about the supposed shortcomings of the police on an almost daily basis, but anyone who reads this books will quickly realise that the true blame lies elsewhere. As our politicians continue to seek more and more political control over British policing: meddling, "reforming" and hampering for no other reason than their own political ends, anyone who wonders why a once much-respected institution, admired and copied in countries all over the world, is now the butt of so much criticism should read this book. I know that coppers, just like soldiers, love to complain, but they can't all be wrong can they?

I wish someone would buy a copy for the Home Secretary and force her to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good follow up, 7 May 2012
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I'm not a policeman, just someone who reads a lot of the police (and ambulance, doctor, etc.) blogs and agrees with a lot of what's written there.

The collection of reports and anecdotes here is both entertaining, sobering and moving. Very well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AS GOOD AS THE FIRST BOOK, 15 April 2012
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WASING POLICE TIME e book I could not put it down. My son is a police officer so I have more than a passing interest in the `force`. Full of humour but some very serious chapters. Good holiday reading as each chapter isnt too long. You can pick it up and put it down as you wish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A real eye-opener, 13 April 2012
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I struggled a little to keep interested in the first book, so the style of this new one worked really well for me, a collection of short stories that you can pick up and read any time.

Some of the tales told are a real eye opener to what its really like to be on the frontline of policing in Britain. Others, particularly in the section about death were incredibly moving. It's a really entertaining and fascinating read, and one that should be read by anyone before commenting on the state of policing in the UK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just as funny as his first book., 4 July 2014
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If you enjoyed his first book 'Wasting Police Time' you will not be disappointed by this sequel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars, 3 July 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tells it like it is, 16 Jun 2014
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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 problem lies
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