I didn’t think I would like this book but… I didn’t think I would like this book. I worked as a police officer in Scotland for over thirty years, and I think I had a different perspective. For me policing was like sex; I fumbled around for a bit, not really knowing what I was doing, and I was never sure how long it would last – but, oh boy, it was fun! (The really FUNNY thing about being a cop). However, I did like this book. First of all, it is well written, I was engaged from the start and found it hard to put down. John…
Moving, Thought-Provoking and Brave I don’t think it’s easy to write a memoir. In fact, I’d say it must be extremely difficult to describe the important parts of one’s own life in a way that’s relatable and meaningful to the total strangers who will read the words. Additionally, within the genre, I reckon it must be such a challenge to write about a world unknown to many readers (life inside the police service, for instance) or accurately convey the intimate horrors of any form of devastating emotional distress. Sutherland has…
A personal story of mental health! As I have completed 30 yearsâ police service I was interested in shared experiences and comparisons with my own career. The book is well written and the experiences of the author will be very familiar with serving and retired police officers, although, for readers who donât appreciate the levels of violence and emotional strain under which police officers routinely work, they may seem exceptional. My criticism of the book concerns the impression given by the author of being âa front-line,…
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