Wasting More Police Time Paperback – 28 Feb 2012
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Unlike the first book, Wasting Police Time: The Crazy World of the War on Crime, this time police officers from all over the UK (and even some who have left the UK to work in the police overseas) give us their tales from the front line.
The result is not for the faint-hearted - particularly the stories of death and having to break the news of tragedy to family members. The piece about the couple who had lost the baby they'd been trying for for years, and having to find the husband to bring him home from work, is truly heartbreaking.
As a member of the public it was a real eye-opener and made me think about the human beings underneath the uniform - admittedly a job PC Copperfield's earlier book had already done.
All good books provoke a reaction in the reader and book made me sad, cross and surprisingly optimistic - that there are still lots of decent people who are prepared to put themselves on the line for the good of society.
The points Copperfield makes are too important to allow them to be so easily sidestepped, so this book is the testimony of some dozens of anonymous serving officers. As Copperfield's true identity was eventually established, they are all taking a real risk and must feel strongly about these issues.
To start there are a couple of chapters about the perennial problems of police work, dealing with society's human vermin and dealing with death, but the bulk of the book is about problems caused by politicians, courts and police senior management, i.e. new and often wholly unnecessary problems.
Criminals use extreme violence, especially against the police, at the drop of a hat, but are let off or charged with minor offences time and time again. Meanwhile the police are held to almost impossibly high standards. Like the army, they are often ill-equipped. They are still required to be PC Dixon when the world of Dock Green has long passed.
The big issue, though, as with the previous book, is the colossal amount of time and manpower that is simply wasted. Vast numbers of nominal policemen never set foot in the mean streets, but confine themselves to sending e-mails about targets from the comfort of their offices. For those doing real police work, procedures are wildly cumbersome, and they must take ten times as much time for diversity and sensitivity courses as for courses on catching criminals.
If the Home Secretary hasn't read this book she certainly should.
A must read for anyone with an interest in Law and Order or in how the current destructive cuts are affecting policing and therefore the safety of all of us.
The multitude of different authors all singing from the same songbook make this book more credible than its predecessor. Furthermore, the authors are drawn from police forces all over the UK, and the reader gets a better chance to understand their often very brave efforts to preserve law and order and help the public, sometimes under grisly and harrowing conditions. Reading this book will give you a better perspective of the police force and the work they do. Next time you get a speeding ticket for doing 80mph on a 70mph motorway, you'll understand that, in all likelihood, the policeman who nabbed you would much rather be after burglars, rapists, murderers and muggers, than sitting by the roadside helping his bosses tick 'crime solved' boxes for the government.
Copperfield strikes again, lifting the lid on the truly bizarre state the service finds itself in thanks to the faceless idiots in the background who have never faced an angry man and who think they know best because that's how they were told it was.
Essential reading for anyone in service, or perhaps thinking about joining this merry-go-round that used to be a career, but is now only a job.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i bought this book as my daughter is a police officier and she loved it, she reads it over and over again and even takes it into workPublished 3 months ago by Mr. K.M.Cain
funny book which shows a different side to the police job and what they go throughPublished 6 months ago by Sven
Seems to have captured an accurate series of snapshots, some of which I was aware ofPublished 14 months ago by Pc Everson