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As a society, we are captivated by policing; we watch police procedurals and fly-on-the-wall documentaries and absorb the headlines on the rolling news. Yet how much do we really know about the world that policing inhabits and reveals? 

In his deeply revealing new audiobook, John Sutherland invites us to step behind the cordon tape and bear witness to the things that he has seen in his 25 years of service. Tackling 10 of the biggest challenges facing society today - from alcohol abuse, drug addiction and domestic violence to knife crime, terrorism and sexual offences - we are introduced to people who have been pushed to the limits and beyond. In doing so, we gain a clearer sense of what needs to be done to make our neighbourhoods safer and to transform the lives of those we live alongside. Eye-opening, courageous and moving, Crossing the Line is a book that will change the way you see the world around you.

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©2020 John Sutherland (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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If you can't trust a police officer...

In recent years there has been a spate of books written by people doing interesting jobs telling their life story. The most successful has been Adam Kay (medical and very funny), the Secret Barrister (hard hitting expose of criminal justice system) and Neil Samworth (gritty tales from Strangeways prison officer). This is former police officer John Sutherland's second book and the first that he has read himself. I like to hear the author rather than a voice actor so selected this instead of his first book Blue: A Memoir.

The author speaks in short sentences with clipped diction with a melancholy tone about his career. Among the grumblings from the author subjects such as pubs and clubs (which he took pleasure in closing down), so-called cafe culture (which he derides), "Scousers" (who "like their football") and crumbling old boozers (homeless people) there are plenty of facts and figures regarding crime rates and the cost to the country of these crimes. It is not particularly political but is scathing about government reforms of the police service which have lead to low morale among frazzled officers and many , Mr Sutherland included, retiring in their 40s due to stress. He argues, quite rightly, the policing is about more than reducing crime levels.

The author wonders what causes terrorists with "twisted ideologies" to commit atrocities but offers no thoughts of his own on the subject. This book came over more as a sorry lament for the state of the world rather than the insight into the police that I had hoped for.

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Heartbreaking, insightful and hopeful

As a nurse I always value glimpses and learning from other statutory professionals. The experience and insight shared is fascinating, it offers a glimpse of life’s complexity and considers solutions ...

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Well written & thoughtful

Enjoyed this immensely. Written & read by a deeply thoughtful and compassionate man. Struck by his insights, his humanity and his clarity. Highly recommended.

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Compelling

As a serving police officer myself I wasn’t sure what to expect. But each chapter had me thinking through my own personal experiences reliving them, but also seeing them differently. John has an enormous amount of humility to his writing which allows his views to be considered so well.

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Excellent insight and delivery

A great book and well presented for those interested in the world of Police work

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Excellent and challenging book

if give this book 6 stars if I could. an honest and thought-provoking look at what it means to be a member of the police in today's Britain.

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great listen

Fantastic listen, great to hear the difficulties the police face and the most memorable cases he has had.

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Raw & gritty hat's off to our police men & women

there's nothing that prepares you for the sadness some people endure, a very honest and inciteful look into life on the dark side

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Absolutely amazing!

I laughed, I cried, I felt along with this stranger and it was amazing, definitely worth a listen!

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WOW

An eye opening book that helps us to get what I'm sure is just a glimpse of what the police force have to face on a daily basis. I hope this book makes a mark on enough people so that hope for change is no longer passive.