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Closing Ranks tells of an illustrious career, giving a behind the scenes look at the workings of the Metropolitan Police. One of the founder members of the Black Police Association Charitable Trust, Leroy Logan has had firsthand experience of race relations in modern-day Britain, and he relates how his strong Christian faith helped him persevere in a frequently hostile work environment. 

Offering encouragement to other Black officers to stay on and work to change the culture within the police, Leroy's passion for good policing shines through...as does his touching concern to guide and empower young people.

©2020 Leroy Logan (P)2021 Audible, Ltd

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Logan's account of the formation of the Black Police Association makes this a must read for anyone interested in the topic. It seems hard to conclude anything other than the attacks on the BPA and investigations into himself from within the Police Service had a racial bias to them. It seems that the idea of black police officers united scared a lot of people.

I did feel I got to know Logan through the book and I now see him as a dedicated, by-the-book police officer who seemed to have a real belief in the role that the police have to pay. However of-course when I say 'the role police have to play' most people would think that means catching bad guys but that never seems to be Logan's bag, Logan is much more focused on the causes of crime and the preventative role the police can play which makes this autobiography different from typical police war stories.

In the book he takes a couple of tame swipes at the current Mayor and Commissioner, Sadiq and Cressida, these may be fun but this is not a tell-all, soul-bearing read. As shown in the unemotional way he glides over telling us his wife left him, it is hard to warm to Logan. Somehow Logan conveys a sense of a lack of real struggle, Logan never cries, never does something wrong, never doubts himself, never needs his job to pay the rent. Also the flat narration does nothing to assist in bringing life to his words, maybe this is a better book to read in-print.