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Summary

John Sutherland joined the Met Police in 1992, having dreamed of being a police officer since his teens. Rising quickly through the ranks, and compelled by the opportunity to make a real difference in London's local neighbourhoods, he worked across the capital, experiencing firsthand the enormous satisfaction as well as the endless trauma that a life in blue can bring. There were remarkable, career-defining moments: reaching out to teenagers travelling along the wrong path, commanding armed sieges, rescuing victims of domestic violence from desperate situations, saving lives, and seeing dangerous people taken off the streets. But for every case that ended well, there were others that ended in desperate sadness, as he bore the responsibility for the safety of hundreds of thousands of Londoners on his shoulders.

In early 2013, whilst working as the Borough Commander for Southwark in South London, John suffered a major breakdown and a consequent battle with crippling depression. After a career spent policing the streets and racing to be first at the scenes of crimes and catastrophes, he found himself in pieces, unable to put one foot in front of the other.

Blue is a memoir of crime and calamity, of adventure and achievement, of friendship and failure, of laughter and loss, of the best and the worst of humanity, of serious illness and slow recovery. It offers an immensely moving and important insight into what it is to be a police officer in 21st-century Britain.

©2017 John Sutherland (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

Critic reviews

" Blue is a remarkable, revealing and inspiring insight into the worlds of the police and the policed. The stories told are by turns heart-warming and saddening, moving and maddening - it is an account of the very best and the very worst of our society. It is a book which should be required reading for all who aspire to public office, in any sector and at every level." (John Nichol, best-selling author of Tornado Down)
"A superb book by a superb police officer." (Charles Cumming)

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Excellent and courageous tail of his experience

You realise immediately he has high standards and skill recognised by his colleagues. Protecting the public is not only physically hazardous dealing with criminals and the like. Many leave the service before suffering emotionally, broken relationships or like many lesser mortals use alcohol as a legal anaesthetic to numb the stresses of the day to then be dependent on it. An execellent narration giving you an honest analysis i believe of the police service. The stigma of injuries of the mind need to be talk about and treated no more differently than a person recovering from cancer.

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Moving reaf

This shows true account of what it is like to be a police officer in England. Every contact leaves a trace is such a great way to explain both physically and mentally.

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what an amazing book

truly amazing to listen to the exsperiance of a legend. makes you really think in parts

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Interesting

Skips around A LOT but was ultimately interesting despite the constant changing of scene. Learnt a bit more about UK policing

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Great book

Fantastic book especially for newbie police officers or people wanting to find out what policing is really like!
100% recommend to anyone whose interested in the police or is thinking about a career in it.

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Great insights

Really tells you story and what to expect as a modern day police officer !

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interesting insight to the challenges and triumphs

interesting insight into the challenges and triumphs if the blue line... the costs for him

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Great memoir, honest and raw

Love the highs and lows of this book. It’s raw, painfully honest and open. Well written and beautifully narrated.

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Excellent Book!

Absolutely loved this book, honest and frank and gives a telling insight into the struggles of a Police Officer and the challenges they face at all levels. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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Honest

A perfect read if you are interested in the realities of policing. An honest book that walks you from probationer to commander and everything inbetween with seering honesty including what Sutherland thinks of some of the policies that are implemented. No holds barred. The job the police do and the effects that can have on them. This should be read.
The narrator was perfect for the book.