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Amusing but somewhat cynical,
This review is from: Wasting Police Time: The Crazy World of the War on Crime (Paperback)As a serving officer of some years, most of them spent in frontline policing as a 'response officer' much like Mr Copperfield, I recognise and identify with an awful lot of what he writes in this book. As ridiculous and outragious as much of it sounds I can vouch that pretty much everything in this book is almost definately true.
The one thing I didnt like about the book is the persistant undertone of cynicism. One thing I have learnt over my years of service is that you have to have the grace to accept what you cant change about the world and the determination to make what positive difference you can.
With this in mind the main difference between PC Copperfield and I is that where as his book gives me a constant image of a Police officer who considers his every act futile in the face of very real beurocracy and idiocy, I go home every evening knowing that Ive made a positive difference in some small - and occasionally more significant way to someone elses life.
Perhaps thats why I'm still proud to get up each day to go Police in a major British city where as Mr Copperfield now lives in Canada...
...Never the less this is, for the most part, a very good and recommended read.
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Initial post: 14 Feb 2012 09:59:33 GMT
Book addict says:
For a much less cynical account of daily policing try 'Hospital Beat' by Pc Jonathan Nicholas. I read a lot of these books and this was the best I've read so far, actually.
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