This review is from: The Infiltrators: The First Inside Account of Life Deep Undercover with Scotland Yard's Most Secret Unit (Hardcover)
Make no mistake about it, undercover policing (UC) is the most dangerous police-work - anywhere. The men and women who undertake this perilous work inevitably find themselves in situations where they’re cut-off, completely on their own without any kind of communication and where there’s no back-up. Quite simply, they’re the bravest of the brave.
Two such officers - Philip and Martin - have their stories told in this very cleverly cobbled together book by Tony Thompson. Individual tales of UC are recounted and in so doing, criticism is quite properly levelled at the senior officers who make some incredibly stupid decisions - and bringing in Jamaican Yardies in the hope that they might infiltrate British gangs and pass on information to the police, when in fact they run amok and carry out their own appalling crimes - is just one of them.
But when the lives of Philip and Martin are well and truly put on the line during an operation involving a highly dangerous gang of drugs dealers in Birmingham, thanks to some ill-thought out decisions by some very ill-informed senior officers, it makes gripping reading. You may agree with me that the treatment meted out to them thereafter by the authorities was shabby, to say the very least.
I’ve always admired UC operatives; this book was given to me by a friend who told me he thoroughly enjoyed it. He was, by the way, one of the Yard's top UC men - his recommendation speaks for itself.