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"A love letter to police officers and the most vulnerable people they protect and serve." (Christie Watson, author of The Language of Kindness)

"Extraordinary...urgent and compelling. We all have lessons to learn from this book." (Simon Mayo)

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A Radio 4 Book of the Week.

There is much more to policing than tackling crime. Every one of us will need the help of an officer at some point in our lives, often when we're at our most vulnerable. Yet how much do we really know about the realities of policing? Using real life stories from his 25 years of service with the Metropolitan Police, John Sutherland invites us beyond the cordon tape to bear witness to all he has seen. In doing so, he offers a hopeful vision for how we can tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today.

Includes a new afterword on policing during the Covid-19 pandemic.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio on our Desktop Site.

©2020 John Sutherland (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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  • 総合評価
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • papapownall
  • 2020/05/28

If you can't trust a police officer...

In recent years there has been a spate of books written by people doing interesting jobs telling their life story. The most successful has been Adam Kay (medical and very funny), the Secret Barrister (hard hitting expose of criminal justice system) and Neil Samworth (gritty tales from Strangeways prison officer). This is former police officer John Sutherland's second book and the first that he has read himself. I like to hear the author rather than a voice actor so selected this instead of his first book Blue: A Memoir.

The author speaks in short sentences with clipped diction with a melancholy tone about his career. Among the grumblings from the author subjects such as pubs and clubs (which he took pleasure in closing down), so-called cafe culture (which he derides), "Scousers" (who "like their football") and crumbling old boozers (homeless people) there are plenty of facts and figures regarding crime rates and the cost to the country of these crimes. It is not particularly political but is scathing about government reforms of the police service which have lead to low morale among frazzled officers and many , Mr Sutherland included, retiring in their 40s due to stress. He argues, quite rightly, the policing is about more than reducing crime levels.

The author wonders what causes terrorists with "twisted ideologies" to commit atrocities but offers no thoughts of his own on the subject. This book came over more as a sorry lament for the state of the world rather than the insight into the police that I had hoped for.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
  • ナレーション
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kath
  • 2020/08/14

Heartbreaking, insightful and hopeful

As a nurse I always value glimpses and learning from other statutory professionals. The experience and insight shared is fascinating, it offers a glimpse of life’s complexity and considers solutions ...

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • David Law
  • 2020/06/21

Well written & thoughtful

Enjoyed this immensely. Written & read by a deeply thoughtful and compassionate man. Struck by his insights, his humanity and his clarity. Highly recommended.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2021/12/21

What every Politician should listen to

John Sutherland narrates this audiobook perfectly and sincerely. This is more than lessons learnt by a senior poice officer . It should be obligatory reading for every politician, police officer and all others in society who want to make a difference in their communities or simply understand the reality of policing. I enjoyed listening to John narrating the experiences and situations of policing in the past few decades, the changes , statistics and facts. I have a far greater understanding now, which considering I know many police in my church is proof of how little of their work experiences they can offload outside their workplace. A must read for all.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Mark E
  • 2021/12/06

A great listen from experience

This book was a great listen and to have the author read it made it a better experience as it was read from a person who had been there and knew the feelings of the 'thin blue line'

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Parissa
  • 2021/09/17

Extremely interesting and thought provoking.

This book covers every aspect of policing we have all read about in the press, then explains the police’s point of view, always remaining scrupulously fair. It is also a thought provoking examination of the issues facing contemporary society in the UK and its rather biased portrayal in the press. I live mostly in France where the relationship between the police and the public seems sadly to broken down. I have often thought how lucky we are in the UK to still have a relationship of trust between the public and the police. This book sounds the alarm about how stretched the police force are as a result of years of budget cuts and how often they find themselves in a « damned if you do, damned if you don’t » position.
I would not usually condone books read by their authors, but John Sutherland does an excellent job as a narrator.
I couldn’t recommend this book more.

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • 匿名
  • 2021/07/08

Compelling

As a serving police officer myself I wasn’t sure what to expect. But each chapter had me thinking through my own personal experiences reliving them, but also seeing them differently. John has an enormous amount of humility to his writing which allows his views to be considered so well.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Henry J Walker
  • 2021/06/17

Excellent insight and delivery

A great book and well presented for those interested in the world of Police work

  • 総合評価
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • anon
  • 2021/06/13

Excellent and challenging book

if give this book 6 stars if I could. an honest and thought-provoking look at what it means to be a member of the police in today's Britain.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Emma Traynor
  • 2021/06/01

great listen

Fantastic listen, great to hear the difficulties the police face and the most memorable cases he has had.

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  • Nathan Gardiner
  • 2021/03/14

Started off strong

Started off strongly with some genuinely interesting stories from the field, but then went in a very academic direction at which point I lost interest.