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

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  224 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Ever wondered why you can't find a policeman when you need one?
PC David Copperfield has the answer...they're all inside the station, writing reports, photocopying, stapling and filing - when they're not getting caught up in the petty squabbles of the underclass.
Wasting Police Time is his hilarious and shocking diary of life as a modern British bobby. It's the first book to
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Paperback, 298 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Monday
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Paul Bryant
Ordinary British copper writes blog which becomes a book. I didn't read this from end to end, it's extremely repetitive. It actually forms part of the PC debate (no puns please) and with sledgehammer weary blokeish humour which very quickly wears out its welcome, it exposes how painful government is these days. Here's what happens:

First, the politicians. The (British) Labour government has the (90%) rightwing newspapers on their back day in day out about how rubbish they are. Plus, the public ge
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Michael Harry
Not only does he go on and on about the same things, he isn't funny at all.
This is the Daily Mail view of Britain. It always strikes me that the people who outwardly say they're patriots and conservatives etc; do the most to run the country down at every opportunity. Phrases like "this is what's wrong with modern Britain" or "broken Britain" is what you get from them. There's nothing wrong with Britain that any casual flick through of history (or a few Dickens novels) would say wasn't always so
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Urban Cowgirl
This book gives all the reasons you might need for never attempting to turn your blog into a book. Boring and repetitive, the main message of this book is that the police have to do a great deal of paperwork. Why it takes the author 300 pages to make this point, I don't know.

I won't even go into how worried you should be that someone with such an appalling grasp of civil liberties, and the relationship between state and individual, is a policeman. If I were to meet the author I would point out
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P.C. Surname
As a servicing police Constable myself, I really enjoyed this book and took inspiration from it for my own book. The stories the author portrays are brutally accurate and reflect exactly what a front line police officer in the UK does. To succeed in this job officers have to have a sense of humour - otherwise they would be driven insane - and PC David Copperfield has a wicked one! I know people have critisied the book as too cynical and at times negative, but sometimes honesty comes at a price. ...more
John Kirk
This book is quite informative, and there are some funny bits even though the general outlook is quite bleak. It does get a bit repetitive, which illustrates how much time is spent on paperwork, but isn't particularly interesting to read. It's based on a blog, so I recommend reading that first to see whether you like the author's style. If you do, be aware that there's extra content here, so you're not just paying for stuff that you've already read.
Jenny
I loved Wasting Police Time - perhaps the reviewers who didn't like it missed the point of it.

It is witty, sarcastic, shocking, depressing, scary and most of all true. Perhaps it just fits in with my sense of humour.

If you have ever wondered what it is like to be a police officer in Britain in the 21st century read this book.
Chris
This is a brilliant book about the life of a modern-day bobby in Britain. The funniest things in life are true and this book is hilarious because everything PC Copperfield bemoans about being a modern police officer is true; the boozing, anti-social behaviour, antics of chavs and beaurocracy within government and police are all real and sadly not going away anytime soon

If you are interested in a career in the police read this book! If you still want to be a copper after reading it you deserve to
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Katy Noyes
As much as I enjoyed reading this, I also admit to feeling uncomfortable at times too.

It was exactly what I was expecting - anecdotes from the front line of policing, a world-weary copper telling it 'like it is', lots of cynicism, humour, pathos, and simmering frustration.

It was the author/narrator himself who made me a little twitchy. Under his alias, he's recorded daily life in the Thin Blue Line as a regular guy seeing the petty squabbles, alcohol and drug-fuelled incidents and paperwork-fill
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Mummy
The book is a collection of posts from David Copperfield's blog. It is interesting to see that the people at the top have created ever-increasing paper trails to cover their fat arses in case of trouble, and that this has taken the place of actual policing. In common with most organisations, any person in charge of a department will seek to increase their power by increasing the number of staff they are responsible for, who will then, if all goes well, need their own management structure. The po ...more
Pauline
Probably hilarious if you are a copper, but repetitive and boring to be honest. Same stories, stereotypical criminals and basically just a bit of a moan. I was recommended this book by a copper who clearly believes it's highly amusing. But sorry not for me, so much so I kept putting it back down and took a long time to actually finish it.
K.A. Krisko
The first part of this book was really quite amusing. The author has a dry, witty sense of humor, and the treatment of police bureaucracy seemed tongue-in-cheek. However, by halfway through the book I wasn't so sure but that he believed some of his frankly appalling statements about those who commit crimes, the poor, and the disadvantaged. He doesn't seem to see any utility at all in recording the results of interviews, investigations, or evidence collections. I found myself siding more and more ...more
Jayne Charles
Whilst it does seem a bit repetitive in its themes, repetitiveness seems to be the order of the day in the police force. Another job I definitely wouldn't fancy doing after reading this! It's very very funny - my favourite bit was the checklist of things to do before having the police round. Also it's wonderfully un-PC (pun not intentional) with its comments about plasma screen TVs in the corners of council house living rooms, and the reference to overheating in such rooms (the sort of fuggy hea ...more
Nicci
Good book. Not quite as funny as Diary of an on call girl stories from the front line. But still funny. It seems there is a lot of sarcasm in the police. I really liked his response to asbos anti social behaviour orders that ban someone from indulging in anti social behaviour. He said that perhaps there should also be 'crime orders' called CO's that ban people from committing crime and then if they break if they should be locked up or something. Very funny. And makes a very good point!! Very muc ...more
Vivienne
A compilation of blogposts by an ordinary PC who feels buried by government bureaucracy. Funny in places, depressing in other places, but the anecdotes become somewhat repetitive by the end. There is only so many ways you can say 'I spend most of my time doing paperwork and not catching criminals'.
Chris Amies
Yes, the police do have to do a lot of paperwork, but chummy here seems to be complaining that his life isn't like 'Vice Squad'. Well I expect the life of the Vice Squad isn't like 'Vice Squad' either. The pseudonymous David Copper (ho ho) field seems to have spent his police days as what is termed a Woodentop - a uniformed beat cop. And from the sound of it probably prevented many murders and assaults by working with the local community.
Jeff Yoak
This book is amusing in the way that any book by the unabashedly British can be. The author is a British policy officer, sorry, "bobby," writing about the bureaucratic mess that is his job and being witty and funny about it. You can get all the value in the book from the first 20 pages or so, and the rest of the book is more of the same. Still, it kept me turning pages for mild entertainment.
Jo
I've got about halfway through this book, and while it's not exactly a bad good (good for bathroom reading in fact), as a narrative it just doesn't keep me interested. A few amusing bits, he's a good writer but the stories themselves just aren't interesting enough for me.
Allan
Started off well and very accurate. As a previous reviewer said, the problem with converting a blog is that it gets very repetitive. There also seems to be a complete confidence that the only alternative to the current farce is his solution, which also gets a bit wearing
Roger Neilson
This is very amusing as a read, light and easy. However if only a small part of it is true it demands serious efforts by those in power to sort out the crazy world that it describes.

Should be required easing for politicians.
Sharon
Extremely repetitive, I lost intrest when I thought I was rereading a chapter only to discover I wasn't. It is a pity, as this book has potential to be a really good read based on it's subject.
Ed Look
Excellent. Some may find it a tad repetitive, but I think this reflects the Sisyphian task of modern British policing.
Joanne Payton
Rather disjointed memoirs of a would-be theif-taker condemned to being a bureaucrat.
Joanna
Loved it - very funny and he describes chavs so well you can almost smell them!
Keith Larkworthy
Want to know the truth about British Policing? Its all here...
Alex Jeynes
A good look at british policing
Jane Matthews
It's all true! Very funny read.
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