Police, Crime & 999: The True Story of a Front Line Officer

Police, Crime & 999: The True Story of a Front Line Officer

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By (author) John Donoghue

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  • Publisher: Matador
  • Format: Paperback | 296 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 212mm x 28mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 1 August 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Leicester
  • ISBN 10: 1848766858
  • ISBN 13: 9781848766853
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 136,363

Product description

Ever wondered what really happens behind the scenes in the police? What bizarre 999 calls are made to the emergency services? Why can wearing two pairs of socks make you a suspect? What is the link between police and vampires? Which Royal arrest never made news headlines? What covert sign do officers make when they no longer wish to talk to you? After successful careers in both the military and business, John Donoghue realised that the higher you get in any organisation, the less fun you have. So, after handing back his expense account and company car, he joined the police in search of excitement and thrills...and discovered some surprising answers to these puzzling questions. PC John Donoghue reveals all in his fascinating and hilarious true account of a year in the life of a front line response officer. Names and places have been changed to protect the guilty...but if you call the police, maybe, just maybe, it could be Police Constable John Donoghue turning up at your door. This book will appeal to anyone interested in crime and police, as well as fans of autobiographies and humour.

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John Donoghue served as a commissioned officer in both the Royal Navy and British Army before a successful career as a consultant, advising on some of the country's highest security sites. In search of new adventure, John then joined the police where he is currently a serving officer.

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By Jennifer Howlett 31 May 2013 3

I stumbled across the author of this book on Twitter where there were so many positive comments from people who stayed up all night to read because it was so funny, they couldn't put it down. At first, I wondered whether I'd bought the wrong book but I resolved to read at least 50 pages.

Police, Crime & 999 is a self-published book containing a loose collection of stories written by actively serving UK Police Constable John Donoghue. Many of the stories he recounts are quite funny; however, the writing style is excessively repetitive and rambling. "But I digress" appears to be the author's favourite phrase and he uses it liberally throughout the book. It becomes more than a little annoying after the 457th occurence and not halfway through the book (I exaggerate slightly).

I really enjoy memoir and I really really really wanted to love this book but after slogging my way to the end, I found that what I loved was the idea of this book. Police, Crime & 999 contains humour, ethos, pathos, adventure. It lacks logos and cohesion. Some of the stories painted scenarios too incredulous not to be true. PC John Donoghue provides an insight into a world and culture that few will ever experience. While the villains are given short shrift, the author conveys a strong sense of love and respect for his colleagues, for the the everyday people who populate the stories as well as for the job of being a law enforcement officer.

I was quite relieved when I got to the end, but overall it was worth the effort it took to get there. Removing the rambling tangents and tightening up the story line would leave enough material for probably at least two books. A professional editor would make a world of difference and make it far more appealing to a broader range of readers.

By Amelia O'Connor 07 Dec 2011 5

This book is an absolute gas!!! It was given to me as a gift and it is one of the best presents I have ever received!I am still laughing to myself on a daily basis when anecdotes come flooding back to me. Although the author is Welsh, there has to be a touch of the Irishman about him as he certainly has that 'Father Ted/Mrs. Brown' sense of humour and is a born storyteller. If policing is as funny as this book, then I'll definitely be applying. A must must read!

By Dolores Twisk 14 Aug 2011 5

I am ashamed to say that I judged this book by its cover and assumed it to be another arid account of modern policing. However, to my surprise, I found it to be a refreshingly upbeat take on a world the majority of us never get to see. Donoghue's razor-sharp wit is evident from the first page and his wonderfully easy, eloquent prose ensures that the laughs keep on coming.

By Sofia Goodbottom 13 Aug 2011 5

This book is laugh out loud funny! I couldn't put it down. I work for the police and how refreshing it is to read about the humorous, positive side of the profession. A highly entertaining read and a great gift for fathers, brothers, husbands and sons if you're struggling for that 'mantastic' Christmas present... It will appeal to ladies too!! Brilliant read...

By Sharon Avery 11 Aug 2011 5

."Police, Crime & 999" chronicles the true story of a life in the year of a new frontline officer, PC John Donoghue. The book promises inside access into what really happens behind the scenes of the UK's Law and Order Enforcement and it certainly delivers.From royal arrests to chasing vampires, incontinent business women to Tourette's afflicted pensioners,bombers to irate barber shop customers, 'cell freckling' to mad axemen, pornographic snowmen, cream carpet dilemmas and 'celebrating' corpses, this book made me guffaw out loud with laughter! I'm talking sides splitting and tears streaming down my cheeks....

They say 'never judge a book by its cover' and never a truer word has been spoken in relation to "Police, Crime & 999" as this most definitely is not just another cop book ; how utterly refreshing to read a police book that is written entirely from the humorous perspective of the job and with such warmth, intelligence, wit and humanity by a man who clearly loves what he does. Although achingly funny, utterly absorbing and very eloquently written, this book is also deeply moving, revealing, and thought provoking : has John Donoghue inadvertently written a social commentary of our times? Alone his David Attenboroughesque description of 'chav whispering' would suggest so if you can stop yourself giggling long enough to ponder the human science.
A treasure trove of a book not to be missed. Utterly brilliant!