Central 822 Hardcover – 5 Mar 1998
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From the Back Cover
A chance glance at a recruitment poster for the Metropolitan Police in 1964 changed secretary Carol Bristow's life. Little did she know, aged twenty-two, what the next thirty years would hold.
From her early days as a police rookie, Carol worked undercover in a drugs club, was strip-searched by her colleagues, and dealt with prostitutes, runaways and pickpockets. But being a simple WPC was not enough. Against all advice she signed up to join the virtually all-male enclave of the CID. Her call sign was 'Central 822'.
Carol rose through the ranks to become the first female detective sergeant on the Flying Squad and detective inspector on the Drugs Squad. But it was in the detection of serious sexual assaults that Carol truly made her mark, acquiring an unequalled reputation for dogged determination on cases such as the Ealing Vicarage rape and the murder of Australian heiress Janie Shepherd. She interviewed many shattered victims, set up the first sexual assault unit in the Met and became the unofficial police spokeswoman on sexual offences. Unsurprisingly, the nature of her work finally took a personal toll.
Central 822 is an insider's guide to policing at the sharp end. It is also the story of one remarkable woman's fight for justice. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
Anyway the book is well written and shows the perils and pitfalls of the service very well. It also made me remember why I joined the job as the good times are documented too. It is comforting to read about a female officer rising to the higher ranks and performing so effectively in the role. It also made me think that not all the higher ranking officers have forgotten their time in the lowly ranks and some even look back on their time with fondness.
All in all I would recomend this book, especially to those within the police service.
Maybe Ms Bristow could write a fiction novel based on some of her cases? I'd buy it.
Ms. Bristow delves deeply into the deeply unpleasant sexual abuse cases which she encountered and accurately describes the trauma experienced by the victims, not only from the perpetrators but also by some of the disgraceful antics by their barristers in court with the defence manufactured to suit the occasion. Knowing that their clients were as guilty as sin, I have no doubt that these barristers experienced a satisfying sexual disturbance when bellowing accusations at the unfortunate victims.
Her experiences on the Flying Squad and the Drugs Squad are well documented but best of all is displayed in her utter determination to nail the murderer of Janie Shepherd. That is police investigation at its best.
Carol Bristow spares neither herself nor the reader when she describes her personal background, including her stoic battle against alcoholism - and additionally, apart from it being a thoughtful and well-written book, it is also a very brave one.
Anyone with an interest in the Metropolitan Police as well as a triumph over several forms of adversity, will enjoy this book, which comes highly recommended.