A very enjoyable and painfully honest account of modern day police work, gives an insight into policing that you would normally only get by doing the job. Most books and TV programmes tend to idealise and glamourise police work, this book is definitely not a PR job for the police force. The book is critical of the pace of change in the police 'service' and anyone who has worked in a government department will empathise with this. Like the author, I too encountered re-organisation on what seemed like a daily basis and for all the work that went into it there was never much improvement. A very descriptive book that brings home the reality of difficulties that don't exist in fiction. For instance, the author describes the problems that two or three constables might have in subduing a very violent prisoner, on TV of course a young female officer does the job single handed in seconds. I learned quite a lot from this book. On page 294 Paul outlines the 'seperation of powers' and describes the executive as the police, customs etc. I always thought it was the prime minister and his cabinet so there you go! Paul also says that 25 per cent is added to time spent in custody prior to sentencing, and then deducted from any subsequent jail time. I don't think there's any 25 per cent bonus, not unless they've changed the rules! The author has used his experience as a police officer and his knowledge of the law to produce an interesting and informative book. I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in how policing really works, but it's not only informative, it's entertaining and very enjoyable too.
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