what they cant say on t.v. what they wont write in novels,cops have now told mark baker...
from the idealistic rookie to the burnt out veteran,here are the unforgettable voices of over 100 police men and women across the country...cops who shoot and are shot at, who pick up the pieces of shattered bodies and shattered lives, who face the danger,the fear,and the depravity...who live everyday in the frightening hard world of COPS...
I highly recommend this book to civilians who would so quickly judge our police. I sometimes think we are better served than we deserve.
Police officers write about their experiences. A good read for people who enjoy true crime-type books.
I'm not sure what I expected here. I knew it was dated and I knew it was short "stories" from numerous law enforcement officers. I was surprised at the suspected honesty and at first I liked the candid talk. However, with any book, candid talk like what's included here can only go so far. Without proper "writing" it gets old..... fast. Numerous times I really had a hard time understanding what the hell an officer meant. The slang is pretty much understandable from context clues but the writing was horrible. We have to understand that the "writing" is actually a bunch of different peoples "speech" which of course is quite different. But in book form it makes for hard reading.
I liked the order of the stories too - it went in a nice clean line from when officers start out to what they're dealing with in different areas to near retirement and retirement.
There were also quite a few things I'd really never stopped to think about before. I've always had a great respect for police, firefighters, EMS, etc., afterall, they're doing a job I certainly wouldn't want to do. But I never really thought about some things to this extent.
Overall I'd say that to enjoy this (IMO) you should be not easily offended, not too strict with how you want your books to read, and be VERY interested in the personal stories from officers.
Note - the "easily offended" comment is because, as I said above, there is much honesty from what I read. Black cops/criminals calling whites "honkies" and white cops/criminals calling blacks "niggers". This will obviously offend some people but if you can get past all of this......
A book by cops about their lives.