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When regaling numerous hilariously funny, some beautifully sad and some utterly tragic accounts from events over 30 years of policing experience, many a friend and colleague of Sergeant Harry Tangye has said, "You just have to write a book!", and so he did. 

The author has worked as a frontline police officer in the Devon and Cornwall police with the Armed Response Unit and traffic department for 23 of those 30 years with the others spent on the beat in areas such as Torbay, Exeter, and Plymouth. He was an operational firearms commander, a firearms tactics advisor, a VIP protection officer, and pursuit tactics advisor along with investigating many a fatal road traffic collision being regarded as an expert in his field on many aspects. Allow yourself to be taken along with him on a journey from adventure to adventure, covering all emotions possible, covering how policing was done in the past, to how it is done today. 

Harry has tens of thousands of followers on his award-winning police Twitter account, which has allowed him to become an influential voice within policing and politics and is often described as "controversial" by media outlets. He is straight-talking, to the mark, and cannot abide policy for policy sake but prefers the individual and personal aspect on everyday life. "Treat every person you meet as if they were your own mother," he says, "and then you won't go too far wrong."

©2020 Harry Tangye (P)2020 Harry Tangye

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A glance at life behind the badge

As someone who has always had a deap respect and interest in the police I found Sgt Tangye's candid account of his career to be very informative. I think everyone can benefit from having such an honest account in their knowledge banks so as to better understand the role, principles, and limitations that police operate under. There was some editing issues - repeat sentences/paragraphs but these do not detract for the account given.

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Not for me

I have really tried to enjoy this audio book - I love to listen about the careers of others; doctors, those who work in prisons, paramedics, ect. I thought this would have been a good listen too. Some of the stories are, of course, incredibly interesting and I have great admiration for him being able to serve in the police for a number of years. However, I find his attitude as quite self important, bordering on arrogant. It is absolutely not politically correct. The author very much gives the impression that he has put all members of the public into certain boxes and already knows all about them, not showing a huge amount of empathy. Further to this, it doesn't flow very well either. I think I am bowing out with 4 hours left.

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An insight into to one policeman's life

Very interesting insight into being a copper in the UK. Sad to hear of the stupidity of the rules they have to work within.

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a good read

Excellent book,perfectly narrated ,from a cop who shows how it should be done,no nonsense policing,straight to the point,recommended reading.

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Sleepy hollow police service.

Couldn't fault it. Well put together with humour in the right places. A mixture of Harrys career, policing at the moment, firearm incidents and RTC's. Thanks.

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Brilliant!

The most thrilling and compelling book I've read, Harry's detail leaves nothing to the imagination.

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Thank you Harry

I really enjoyed this book, I always wish I had joined the police when I was young. The world seems to be against the police hitting them with knives in the back. It’s refreshing having a inside look at what officers go through everyday, in the role as a police officer. I also listened to fabulous Finn first that’s a brilliant book too and so is Finn and Dave. I hope there will be another book Harry xxx

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great insight

so easy to listen to. wish it was double the length! great to hear an honest view on today's policing in the uk.

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An amazing SGT, very useful and honest

As an officer myself in one of the smallest forces in the UK I found myself glued to this book and I can’t help but agree with every point SGT Tangye made about our current state of policing, this book is an absolute must listen/read and anyone in this amazing profession will find this book hard to put down

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lost for words

in the eyesfrom Devon and Cornwall's a armed response officer. its a must read