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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: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (106 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 244,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Damaskcat HALL OF FAMETOP 500 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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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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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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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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As a fellow British Police officer and frontline Police Inspector I have quietly watched 'Gadget' via his blogg from the sidelines for about 2 years. When the wiff of a book raised it head on the horizon I grinned like a Cheshire cat knowing that it's publication would make senior Police officers up and down the country and Politicians alike cringe with daunting anticipation. Well the wait is over now so the question is was it actually worth the wait? The simple answer is "Yes too bloody right it was!" I found 'Perverting the course of justice' by Inspector G' an excellent read which pulled no punches. This book really 'tells it how it is' and is 100% accurate in my opinion on the constraints and obstacles put in front of the frontline modern day Police officer. Buy the book its well worth it. Gadget if you read this review, and I assume you will as it's the first review placed on Amazon know that you have a lot of support out there. Well done mucker!!
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You may remember that statement, made back in 1997 by some grinning goon whose name escapes me.
Anyway, here we are eleven years later and Inspector Gadget, a frontline uniformed Police Inspector, tells us EXACTLY where a decade of Nu-Labour spin and soundbites have brought us to.
This book details the working life of a dedicated, conscientious Policeman. One of the ones we, the public, never seem to see patrolling the streets anymore (Gadget will tell you why this is.)
The Inspector's points are brilliantly written, matter-of-factly delivered and slam home like bullets. What could so easily have become a sub-Littlejohn rant is a thoroughly compelling (and, sadly, depressing) insight into the way the thin blue line has become entangled in paperwork, targets and political correctness.
As more and more of us become totally disillusioned with politicians on all sides of the spectrum, it's easy to see how any Party taking Gadget's words to heart and actually ACTING on them could walk straight into Number Ten courtesy of a landslide delivered a grateful public who are, like the good Inspector himself, so sick and tired of our Police Commissioners acting as glorified social workers, forever chasing Home Office targets instead of the underclass criminal vermin that infest our towns and cities.
This country has a Police Service. It desperately NEEDS a Police Force.
Read this book now.
Then buy another copy and send it to Jacqui Smith...
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