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A Fantastic Read,
This review is from: Perverting the Course of Justice: The Hilarious and Shocking Inside Story of British Policing (Paperback)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.
But it is the nonsense he has to deal with constantly that is the most interesting aspect of the book - his force spent hours investigating after a teenager committed the "crime" of telling a youngster that Santa does not exist and they also arrested a child for gleefully grabbing a few crisps from his friend's open packet.
A couple of reviewers have criticised the author for whining and not doing anything about the problems he faces - surely writing a book highlighting the problems is doing something! If only our politicians would read this and take notice.
Inspector Gadget tells it like it is. I highly recommend this book.