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Stopping The Spies - Constructing And Resisting The Surveillance State In South Africa (Paperback): Jane Duncan Stopping The Spies - Constructing And Resisting The Surveillance State In South Africa (Paperback)
Jane Duncan
R350 R279 Discovery Miles 2 790 Save R71 (20%) In stock

In 2013, former U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden leaked secret documents revealing that state agencies like the NSA had spied on the communications of millions of innocent citizens. International outrage resulted, but the Snowden documents revealed only the tip of the surveillance iceberg. Apart from insisting on their rights to tap into communications, more and more states are placing citizens under surveillance, tracking their movements and transactions with public and private institutions. The state is becoming like a one-way mirror, where it can see more of what its citizens do and say, while citizens see less and less of what the state does, owing to high levels of secrecy around surveillance.

In this book, Jane Duncan assesses the relevance of Snowden’s revelations for South Africa. In doing so she questions the extent to which South Africa is becoming a surveillance society governed by a surveillance state. Duncan challenges members of civil society to be concerned about and to act on the ever-expanding surveillance capacities of the South African state. Is surveillance used for the democratic purpose of making people safer, or is it being used for the repressive purpose of social control, especially of those considered to be politically threatening to ruling interests? She explores the forms of collective action needed to ensure that unaccountable surveillance does not take place and examines what does and does not work when it comes to developing organised responses.

This book is aimed at South African citizens, academics as well as the general reader, who care about our democracy and the direction it is taking.

Jeremy Vannie Elsies (Afrikaans, Paperback): Jeremy Vearey Jeremy Vannie Elsies (Afrikaans, Paperback)
Jeremy Vearey
R275 R209 Discovery Miles 2 090 Save R66 (24%) In stock

Van laaitie tot politieke kryger, bandiet tot generaal-majoor, ondergrondse operateur tot presidensiële lyfwag…

Van sy kleintyd in Elsiesrivier neem Jeremy Vearey se lewe talle onvoorspelbare wendings. Sy eiesoortige vertelling sluit die ouere manne van sy jeug in, die ooms by die damstafel, kerkjeugkampe en die Kommuniste-manifes, skoolhou en ondergrondse werk vir MK, en sy aanhouding op Robbeneiland. As Mandela se lyfwag help hy ’n opstand in die Karoo ontlont, voor hy deel word van die nuwe SAPD, waar hy saam met die gewese vyand terrorisme en Kaapse bendes takel.

En onder alles loop ’n donker stroom.

A Higher Loyalty - Truth, Lies, And Leadership (Paperback): James B Comey A Higher Loyalty - Truth, Lies, And Leadership (Paperback)
James B Comey 1
R310 R250 Discovery Miles 2 500 Save R60 (19%) In stock

In this riveting book, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader.

Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. He previously served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.

Good Cop, Bad Cop - Confessions Of A Reluctant Policeman (Paperback): Andrew Brown Good Cop, Bad Cop - Confessions Of A Reluctant Policeman (Paperback)
Andrew Brown 3
R230 R184 Discovery Miles 1 840 Save R46 (20%) Within 4 - 8 working days

Once an enemy of the apartheid police, Andrew Brown has worked as a police reservist for almost twenty years. In this book he takes the reader on patrol with him – into the ganglands of the Cape Flats, the townships of Masiphumelele and Nyanga, and the high-walled Southern Suburbs.

Good Cop, Bad Cop is a personal account of the perilous and often conflicting work of a SAPS officer. Brown describes being shot at, arresting suspects in a drug bust, chasing down leads in a homicide investigation and keeping the peace during the UCT student protests. Brown illustrates how difficult the job of the police is, and how easy it is to react with undue force. Yet he argues passionately that the role of the police is to be a service to communities and not a force to suppress social discontent.

Gripping and thought-provoking, this is a fascinating insight into the social fabric of current South Africa.

The Street - Exposing A World Of Cops, Bribes And Drug Dealers (Paperback): Paul McNally The Street - Exposing A World Of Cops, Bribes And Drug Dealers (Paperback)
Paul McNally
R285 R245 Discovery Miles 2 450 Save R40 (14%) Within 4 - 8 working days

There are no villains here. Award-winning journalist Paul McNally finds corrupt cops, drug dealers, vigilante residents, addicts, torturers, murderers and cops partnered with drug dealers. But no villains.

Raymond is a shop owner on Ontdekkers Road, in Johannesburg, who takes a baseball bat to the dealers when they break his rules. He systematically records in his notebook the police officers who come – all day, every day – to collect their bribe money from the dealers, and is looking for someone to trust. Khaba is a middle-aged police officer who wants a quiet life but whose demons will not leave him in peace. He is trying to regain his trust in what he once regarded as an honourable profession. Wendy is a petite, ageing police reservist who can handle an R5 rifle with confidence, but not the sadness that accompanies her in her daily life – the loss of her police officer husband, brutally murdered by a drug lord, and the addiction that has her adult son in its grip. She is looking for respect and affirmation and for her own life to have meaning.

Through different paths, the lives of Raymond, Khaba and Wendy intersect on the street as their attention is focused on the current power couple – a drug dealer named Obi and Lerato, a police officer. Seemingly untouchable, Obi and Lerato terrorise Ontdekkers, and in the process upset the balance of this already lawless world.

Flesh And Blood (Paperback): Riette Rust, Eileen de Jager, Roelien Schutte Flesh And Blood (Paperback)
Riette Rust, Eileen de Jager, Roelien Schutte
R255 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R36 (14%) In stock

“Do you really think you can clean up bloody scenes like these?”. “Many people start similar businesses, but they never last.” This was the reaction of sceptical policemen and security officers when they first encountered Eileen de Jager (39) and Roelien Schutte (37). But 15 years and about 7 000 crime scenes later, the Blood Sister’s business, Crime Scene Clean-up, is still flourishing. And they have never had a dissatisfied client.

Eileen and Roelien are not only known as the Blood Sisters because they are biological sisters, but also due to the fact that cleaning bloody crime scenes is their day job. Suicides. Homicides. The most gruesome farm murders. But crime is not always involved.

Sometimes the sisters clean up hoarders’ homes – often packed to the ceiling with junk – at other times they help to restore damage caused by fire or floods.

Policing The Planet - Why The Policing Crisis Led To Black Lives Matter (Paperback): Jordan T Camp, Christina Heatherton Policing The Planet - Why The Policing Crisis Led To Black Lives Matter (Paperback)
Jordan T Camp, Christina Heatherton
R299 R263 Discovery Miles 2 630 Save R36 (12%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Combining firsthand accounts from activists with the research of scholars and reflections from artists, Policing the Planet traces the global spread of the broken-windows policing strategy, first established in New York City under Police Commissioner William Bratton. It's a doctrine that has vastly broadened police power the world over - to deadly effect.

With contributions from #BlackLivesMatter cofounder Patrisse Cullors, Ferguson activist and Law Professor Justin Hansford, Director of New York-based Communities United for Police Reform Joo-Hyun Kang, poet Martin Espada, and journalist Anjali Kamat, as well as articles from leading scholars Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Robin D. G. Kelley, Naomi Murakawa, Vijay Prashad, and more, Policing the Planet describes ongoing struggles from New York to Baltimore to Los Angeles, London, San Juan, San Salvador, and beyond.

A Higher Loyalty - Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Hardcover): James Comey A Higher Loyalty - Truth, Lies, and Leadership (Hardcover)
James Comey 1
R414 R251 Discovery Miles 2 510 Save R163 (39%) Within 7 - 12 working days

In his Number One bestselling memoir, former FBI director James Comey shares his never-before-told experiences from some of the highest-stakes situations of his career in the past two decades of American government, exploring what good, ethical leadership looks like, and how it drives sound decisions. His journey provides an unprecedented entry into the corridors of power, and a remarkable lesson in what makes an effective leader. Mr. Comey served as director of the FBI from 2013 to 2017, appointed to the post by President Barack Obama. He previously served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, and the U.S. deputy attorney general in the administration of President George W. Bush. From prosecuting the Mafia and Martha Stewart to helping change the Bush administration's policies on torture and electronic surveillance, overseeing the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation as well as ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, Comey has been involved in some of the most consequential cases and policies of recent history.

Cops and Robbers - The Story of the British Police Car (Hardcover): Ant Anstead Cops and Robbers - The Story of the British Police Car (Hardcover)
Ant Anstead 1
R452 R315 Discovery Miles 3 150 Save R137 (30%) Within 7 - 12 working days

TV presenter and all-round car nut Ant Anstead takes the reader on a journey that mirrors the development of the motor car itself from a stuttering 20mph annoyance that scared everyone's horses to 150mph pursuits with aerial support and sophisticated electronic tracking. The British Police Force's relationship with the car started by chasing after pioneer speeding motorists on bicycles. As speed restrictions eased in the early twentieth century and car ownership increased, the police embraced the car. Criminals were stealing cars to sell on or to use as getaway vehicles and the police needed to stay ahead, or at least only one step behind. The arms race for speed, which culminated in the police acquiring high-speed pursuit vehicles such as Subaru Impreza Turbos, had begun. Since then the car has become essential to everyday life. Deep down everyone loves a police car. Countless enthusiasts collect models in different liveries and legendary police cars become part of the nation's shared consciousness. Ant Anstead spent the first six years of his working life as a cop. He was part of the armed response team, one of the force's most elite units. In this fascinating new history of the British police car, Ant looks at the classic cars, from the Met's Wolseleys to the Senator, the motorway patrol car officers loved most, via unusual and unexpected police vehicles such as the Arial Atom. It's a must-read for car enthusiasts, social historians and anyone who loves a good car chase, Cops and Robbers is a rip-roaring celebration of the police car and the men and women who drive them.

The Challenges of Community Policing - A Management Perspective (Paperback): C.J. Roelofse The Challenges of Community Policing - A Management Perspective (Paperback)
C.J. Roelofse
R327 Discovery Miles 3 270 In stock
Behind the Blue Line - My Fight Against Racism and Discrimination in the Met (Hardcover): Gurpal Singh Behind the Blue Line - My Fight Against Racism and Discrimination in the Met (Hardcover)
Gurpal Singh 1
R453 R356 Discovery Miles 3 560 Save R97 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Detective Sergeant Gurpal Singh Virdi's exemplary career in the Metropolitan Police Service ended when he spoke out against racism within it: an issue it has long paid lip service to tackling. What came after is simply shocking. On Wednesday 15 April 1998 Virdi was arrested, had his home searched and was suspended on charges of sending racist hate mail to himself and other ethnic minority colleagues. Dismissed in disgrace, an employment tribunal found that he had been racially discriminated against. The Met was forced to give him an apology and compensation. He returned to service but soon discovered, having been passed over for promotion, that when you challenge an organisation like the Met, you are a marked man for life. Freshly retired and due to stand in local elections as a Labour councillor, Virdi was arrested again and accused of the most horrendous of crimes: sexually assaulting an underage prisoner nearly three decades before. When it came to court, it took just fifty minutes to acquit the former police man of all charges, with the trial judge noting the likelihood of a conspiracy behind the case. But the damage had been done. For seventeen years the Met had pursued a vendetta against one blameless individual who dared to speak out against injustices, and it had driven him and his family to the edge of the abyss. This is the deeply shocking story of how one of the biggest institutions in the country brought the entire apparatus of state to bear in a campaign to destroy the life of one of its own officers in an apparent act of revenge.

Strangeways - A Prison Officer's Story (Hardcover): Neil Samworth Strangeways - A Prison Officer's Story (Hardcover)
Neil Samworth 1
R341 R273 Discovery Miles 2 730 Save R68 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'Authentic, tough, horrifying in some places, hilarious in others . . . the author's honesty and decency shine through' Jonathan Aitken Neil `Sam' Samworth spent eleven years working as a prison officer in HMP Manchester, aka Strangeways. A tough Yorkshireman with a soft heart, Sam had to deal with it all - gangsters and gangbangers, terrorists and psychopaths, addicts and the mentally ill. Men who should not be locked up and men who should never be let out. Strangeways is a shocking and at times darkly funny account of life in a high security prison. Sam tackles cell fires and self-harmers, and goes head to head with some of the most dangerous men in the country. He averts a Christmas Day riot after turkey is taken off the menu and replaced by fish curry, and stands up to officers who abuse their position. He describes being attacked by prisoners, and reveals the problems caused by radicalization and the drugs flooding our prisons. As staffing cuts saw Britain's prison system descend into crisis, the stress of the job - the suicides, the inhumanity of the system, and one assault too many - left Sam suffering from PTSD. This raw, searingly honest memoir is a testament to the men and women of the prison service and the incredibly difficult job we ask them to do.

Blackstone's Police Investigators' Q&A 2018 (Paperback): Paul Connor Blackstone's Police Investigators' Q&A 2018 (Paperback)
Paul Connor
R607 Discovery Miles 6 070 Within 7 - 12 working days
The Real Taggarts: Glasgow's Post-War Crimebusters (Paperback): Andrew Ralston The Real Taggarts: Glasgow's Post-War Crimebusters (Paperback)
Andrew Ralston 1
R228 R177 Discovery Miles 1 770 Save R51 (22%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Keeping the streets of Glasgow safe has never been an easy task. From the pre-war razor gangs through to the drug lords of recent times, the city streets have never been free from peril. But without the men who relentlessly fought crime year after year, the citizens of Glasgow would have been in far greater danger. The Real Taggarts examines the lives of Glasgow's post-war crimebusters and is based on exhaustive research which has uncovered new and previously unpublished material, including the personal papers of key police officers which have never before been in the public domain. Many of these officers became legends in the Force: Joe Beattie, who worked on the Bible John investigation; Tom Goodall, Glasgow's Maigret, who battled against an unprecedented rise in violent crime in the city; Gilbert McIlwrick, the 'Quiet Man of the Force', who had to deal with five murders and a huge bank robbery in a single week. The Real Taggarts is a fascinating insight into the men whose job it was to keep Glasgow safe and the remarkable contribution they made, much of which has never before been revealed.

Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook 2018 (Paperback): Police National Legal Database, Mark Hartley, Fraser Sampson Blackstone's Police Operational Handbook 2018 (Paperback)
Police National Legal Database, Mark Hartley, Fraser Sampson
R627 Discovery Miles 6 270 Within 7 - 12 working days
Blue - A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces (Paperback): John Sutherland Blue - A Memoir - Keeping the Peace and Falling to Pieces (Paperback)
John Sutherland 1
R203 R162 Discovery Miles 1 620 Save R41 (20%) Within 7 - 12 working days

A Sunday Times top-five bestseller 'This is a remarkable book . . . profound and deeply moving . . . It has as much to tell us about mental illness as it does about policing' Alastair Stewart John Sutherland joined the Met in 1992, having dreamed of being a police officer since his teens. Rising quickly through the ranks, he experienced all that is extraordinary about a life in blue: saving lives, finding the lost, comforting the broken and helping to take dangerous people off the streets. But for every case with a happy ending, there were others that ended in desperate sadness, and in 2013 John suffered a major breakdown. Blue is his memoir of crime and calamity, of adventure and achievement, of friendship and failure, of serious illness and slow recovery. With searing honesty, it offers an immensely moving and personal insight into what it is to be a police officer in Britain today.

An Introduction to Policing (Paperback, 7th edition): Linda Forst, John S. Dempsey An Introduction to Policing (Paperback, 7th edition)
Linda Forst, John S. Dempsey
R910 R770 Discovery Miles 7 700 Save R140 (15%) Within 8 - 13 working days

Discover the challenges, excitement and rewards of law enforcement today with Dempsey and Forst's AN INTRODUCTION TO POLICING, 7th edition. Written by law enforcement veterans with extensive first- hand experience in all areas of policing, this engaging, comprehensive book blends practical information with pertinent theory. The authors examine today's most current issues and topics, including homeland security, recent terrorism incidents, the latest advances in policing technology, the controversial Secure Communities Program by DHS, ATF's Fast and Furious gun program, and more. You find the latest research as well as the most current applications, statistics, court cases and information on law enforcement careers. This edition features increased coverage of small and rural departments, with extensive examples from small and large police departments throughout the nation and world and insights from respected law enforcement practioners on crucial policing issues and challenges. Keep pace with the latest policing techniques and industry trends with this book's inviting approach and comprehensive support, including an interactive CourseMate website. AN INTRODUCTION TO POLICING, 7th edition, is an essential read for you or anyone you know who is considering a career in law enforcement today.

Lethal Force - My Life As the Met's Most Controversial Marksman (Paperback): Tony Long Lethal Force - My Life As the Met's Most Controversial Marksman (Paperback)
Tony Long 1
R180 R133 Discovery Miles 1 330 Save R47 (26%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Tony Long was the best `shot' the Met ever had. Under the codename `Echo 7', he was `licenced to kill' bringing down scores of targets, sometimes with deadly force. In 1985 he opened fire on a suspect to save a four-year-old girl whose mother had been stabbed to death by her assailant. Two years later he was involved in another high profile shooting while confronting three armed criminals. On both occasions Tony was commended by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner. But in the spring of 2005, coming face to face with suspected drug dealer and armed robber Azelle Rodney, a volley of point blank shots would bring his career crashing to an end, tarnish his reputation and leave him fighting a murder charge and possible life sentence. From life or death cases and botched operations to political fallouts, this book charts the controversial career from rookie seventies beat cop to Long's command of SO19 - the Met's most elite specialist firearms unit. Long's personal testimony and professional insight raises serious issues about the duties, pressures and responsibilities that fall on the shoulders of those we task to risk their lives, and take the lives of others, in our name.

Blackstone's Police Investigators' Mock Examination Paper 2018 (Paperback): David Pinfield Blackstone's Police Investigators' Mock Examination Paper 2018 (Paperback)
David Pinfield
R590 Discovery Miles 5 900 Within 7 - 12 working days
Russia and the Cult of State Security - The Chekist Tradition, From Lenin to Putin (Paperback): Julie Fedor Russia and the Cult of State Security - The Chekist Tradition, From Lenin to Putin (Paperback)
Julie Fedor
R737 Discovery Miles 7 370 Within 7 - 12 working days

This book explores the mythology woven around the Soviet secret police and the Russian cult of state security that has emerged from it. Tracing the history of this mythology from the Soviet period through to its revival in contemporary post-Soviet Russia, the volume argues that successive Russian regimes have sponsored a `cult' of state security, whereby security organs are held up as something to be worshipped. The book approaches the history of this cult as an ongoing struggle to legitimise and sacralise the Russian state security apparatus, and to negotiate its violent and dramatic past. It explores the ways in which, during the Soviet period, this mythology sought to make the existence of the most radically intrusive and powerful secret police in history appear `natural'. It also documents the contemporary post-Soviet re-emergence of the cult of state security, examining the ways in which elements of the old Soviet mythology have been revised and reclaimed as the cornerstone of a new state ideology. The Russian cult of state security is of ongoing contemporary relevance, and is crucial for understanding not only the tragedies of Russia's twentieth-century history, but also the ambiguities of Russia's post-Soviet transition, and the current struggle to define Russia's national identity and future development. The book examines the ways in which contemporary Russian life continues to be shaped by the legacy of Soviet attitudes to state-society relations, as expressed in the reconstituted cult of state security. It investigates the shadow which the figure of the secret policeman continues to cast over Russia today. The book will be of great interest to students of modern Russian history and politics, intelligence studies and security studies, as well as readers with an interest in the KGB and its successors.

Girl on the Line - Life - and death - in the Metropolitan Police (Hardcover): Alice Vinten Girl on the Line - Life - and death - in the Metropolitan Police (Hardcover)
Alice Vinten 1
R379 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R79 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

'Extraordinary' Mail on Sunday 'Compelling ... a portrait of the frontline which will fill you with admiration' Sunday Express Welcome to London. Population: 8.7million. And it's your job to keep them all safe. A unique insight into life on the streets of London as a female police constable, Girl on the Line follows PC Alice Hearn throughout ten years in the Met, from rookie to constable. As she deals with violent criminals, heart-breaking domestic situations, petty crime, life, death, and everything in between, she builds up a portrait of a living, complex city, and what it truly means to look after it. From procedurals to gripping foot chases to threats of terrorist attacks, this book covers all aspects of life in uniform, and how it really feels to wear the boots of a London copper.

How To Be A Police Officer (Paperback): Graham Wettone How To Be A Police Officer (Paperback)
Graham Wettone 1
R287 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R59 (21%) Within 7 - 12 working days

Have you ever thought about being a police officer? Maybe you've wondered whether you could deal with an angry mob late at night, or daydreamed about driving a police car with the blue light flashing and sirens wailing.How to Be a Police Officer takes you from those first thoughts about joining through to the training itself and to the real work involved in policing. A thirty-year veteran of the police service in London and across the UK, Graham Wettone now trains prospective police recruits and acts as a policing expert for Sky News. In this book, he provides insider tips for those seeking to take their first steps in the service, explaining things no one else will tell you about being a police officer, from the recruitment process to how to use handcuffs.A must-read for anyone curious about the reality of life on the front-line, How to Be a Police Officer offers fascinating insights into the job taking in the upheavals that have shaped the landscape of British policing and explaining what it really takes to make it in the force.

Management and Supervision in Law Enforcement (Hardcover, 6th edition): Christine Hess Orthmann, K aren M Hess Management and Supervision in Law Enforcement (Hardcover, 6th edition)
Christine Hess Orthmann, K aren M Hess
R948 R804 Discovery Miles 8 040 Save R144 (15%) Within 8 - 13 working days

MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, 6th edition is a practical and straightforward book that focuses on law enforcement managers and supervisors, their jobs, and the complicated interrelationships between members of the law enforcement team and the communities they share. This new edition has added Chief Shaun LaDue as a contributor to give a practitioner's perspective to management and supervision as well as an emphasis on leadership. Additionally, the text has been reorganized to begin the text focusing on management, and community policing is no longer a stand-alone chapter. The text focuses on post-9/11 policing and includes research on the effects of 9/11 as well as data driven policing, including CompStat policing, intelligence-led policing and evidence based policing. In addition, it also includes discussions on the effects of the current economic crisis on law enforcement, including two 2009 PERF studies and reports. MANAGEMENT AND SUPERVISION IN LAW ENFORCEMENT, 6th edition presents a comprehensive overview of the responsibilities of law enforcement leaders and covers everything from the newest principles in policing to the exciting technological aids changing the face of law enforcement today, preparing readers to become tomorrow's leaders.

With God on the Streets - The Robin Oake Story. Formerly Gilbert was Wrong. (Paperback): Robin Oake With God on the Streets - The Robin Oake Story. Formerly Gilbert was Wrong. (Paperback)
Robin Oake
R199 R180 Discovery Miles 1 800 Save R19 (10%) Within 7 - 12 working days

This is the powerful, intriguing and highly amusing story of Robin Oake, a Christian police officer who has found a strong, sustaining faith through the tough times. An entertaining, touching and often fdlaugh-out-loudfd account of an incredible life, laced with the infectious humour of a man who has really lived his life fully for God. Even the murder of his son, Stephen - a member of the Special Branch, Manchester didn't affect his view of policing as a great vocation - he urges us to judge for ourselves as he shares his extraordinary life story.

My memoirs of the British South Africa police 1966-1981 - And a colonial upbringing in Northern Rhodesia (Paperback): John Shaw My memoirs of the British South Africa police 1966-1981 - And a colonial upbringing in Northern Rhodesia (Paperback)
John Shaw
R255 R202 Discovery Miles 2 020 Save R53 (21%) Within 4 - 10 working days

Throughout the author's life in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) his father was a member of the Northern Rhodesia Police and the author sets about recording various incidents in the life of a youngster growing up on the numerous towns and police stations at which his father served. The family moved to Southern Rhodesia in 1964. Finalizing his secondary schooling at Chaplin school, Gwelo, Rhodesia, in 1965, the author joined the British South Africa Police (BSAP) in March 1966 and elected to go into the district branch of the force. The author traces his career from a young patrol officer, through the various ranks and district police stations on which he served, to his retirement in August 1981 as a superintendent, in what was then Zimbabwe. He highlights the typical lifestyle associated with a district `copper', including anecdotes from the Bush War that was raging. Apart from the lighter side of the book- hitting an elephant at Makuti at 1 a.m. in a Mini Moke; realizing five minutes before presenting his men on parade to the officer commanding, at an annual inspection, that he had left his trousers at home; attending an internal disciplinary hearing as the accused for being drunk off duty where the presiding officer commented that the author's main defence witness appeared more drunk than the author and dismissed the case-there are some more serious chapters involving terrorist incidents, some of which are captured on an original station incident log which the author has included in the book.

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