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Wasting Police Time: The Crazy World of the War on Crime | Paperback

Released on 09 October 2006

Author: David Copperfield | Format: Paperback

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PC DAVID COPPERFIELD is an ordinary bobby quietly waging war on crime...when he's not drowning in a sea of paperwork, government initiatives and bogus targets. 'WASTING POLICE TIME' is his hilarious but shocking picture of life in a modern British town, where teenage yobs terrorise the elderly, drunken couples brawl in front of their children and drug-addicted burglars and muggers roam free. PC Copperfield reveals how crime is spiralling while millions of pounds in tax is frittered away, and reveals a force which, crushed under mad bureaucracy, is left desperately fiddling the figures. His award-winning internet diary, Coppersblog, attracted rave reviews for its dry wit from The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph; The Mail on Sunday featured it across three full pages. It's also banned by most police forces - just accessing the blog is a disciplinary offence. Copperfield brings the same incisive, acid humour to bear in 'Wasting Police Time'. The Home Secretary won't like it, and nor will Copperfield's Chief Constable, but a million serving and retired police officers and millions of ordinary Britons will be left nodding in agreement. If you're fed up with Tony Blair's bogus war on crime, and you want the truth - with added laughs - this book is for you.

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This is a fantastic, funny and insightful book. I just could not put it down.
It made me laugh, angry and even slightly sad in places.

It is fast paced, easy to read and is broken down into short anecdotes so you can read a crafty chapter at work or leave it in the downstairs loo for others to pick up, although I think the danger then will be that you don't see it again.

I had no idea what the ordinary beat officer does or the nonsense that they have to deal with on a daily basis and, after reading it, I have no idea why anyone would want to be a police officer, but I'm very glad that they do.

I bought Wasting Police Time after seeing PC Copperfield on Newsnight, reading a great review in the Observer and then I hearing him on Radio Five Live. I feared it might be a disapointment but, on the contrary, this is the best book I have read this year.


| | See all superdupersleuth's reviews (1)

if only more people were aware of what being a Police officer was like.
I've got alot more sympathy for them now.
Brilliant book, found it hard to put down

To all the bobbies..... Keep up the good work


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This book is very funny in parts, the sad thing is that these things that the police force have to deal with are true, and it expalains why the country is the way it is!!

Have numerous funny stories, one about a Lady who called the police becasue her Hamster had escaped.

This book is non fiction and will have you in stiches!!

 Not a good as you'd hope!

| | See all Dave197920's reviews (2)

I bought this book with high hopes of it being a good and interesting read, how disapointed was I!!
This book has been written by an officer who clearly isn't interested in his role of a police constable anymore and has written it to make a quick buck. He has used the book as an avenue to show off and makes out that he is more than what he actually is. If you like a read that has a "querky" line at the end of each story this is the book for you, if not don't waste your money!

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AuthorDavid Copperfield
PublisherMonday Books (United Kingdom)
FormatPaperback - 252 Pages