Perverting the Course of Justice: The Hilarious and Shocking Inside Story of British Policing Paperback – 2 Sep 2008
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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Utterly true account of the present day 'getting thinner every budget day, thin blue line'Published 4 months ago by Mr M J OAKES
So far , so good. Straight to the point and answers to questions I always wondered. Still reading book .Published 13 months ago by Diane
I am very anti-police and this book tends to re-inforce my view that we are seriously over policed in this country and that root and branch reform is overdue. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Ava Hay