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A refreshingly honest account of modern policing
19 May 2018
Having worked on a police response team, in the same London borough, at the same time as Alice, I would like to thank her for her courage in writing a refreshingly honest portrayal of the realities of modern day policing. All too often police officers are portrayed as gung ho, macho types, screaming around on blues and twos, kicking in doors and wrestling drug dealers to the ground. While some of the job is like this, all too often it is exactly as Alice accurately describes. It’s an emotional rollercoaster of dead bodies, wasted and hopeless lives without purpose and the endless, futile revolving door of repeat callers and victims who, despite your very best efforts, are ultimately powerless to help escape their miserable situations.
But Alice goes beyond the job and bravely takes us into her own private battles. Battles that I (and I suspect many other police officers), can relate to. The endless faces of those you couldn’t help, accusing you in repetitive dreams. The sleepless nights spent replaying the threats and vile insults you’ve been subjected to the day before, knowing that you’ll get the same again in a few hours time, albeit even more sleep deprived than the previous day. The struggle to maintain relationships and the inability to ever really switch off.
Thank you Alice, for speaking for all of us.....