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No Comment

By: Jess McDonald
Narrated by: Jess McDonald
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Summary

Jess McDonald was a true crime junkie and Line of Duty sofa sleuth with a strong sense of justice. Under a year later, thanks to a controversial new initiative, she was a detective in the London Metropolitan Police Service.

The Met Police's Direct Entry Detective scheme was aimed at turning people with no experience of the police into detectives.

When it was launched, to tackle an unprecedented recruitment crisis, over 4,500 people, Jess included, applied.

But why, within just a year of qualifying, had the majority of Jess' cohort resigned?

No Comment is Jess' candid, eye-opening and often shocking account, exploring the reality of being a detective in the Met and responsible for 'keeping London safe for everyone'. In her incisive book she explores the challenges of life on the front line, dealing almost exclusively with serious crimes against women, and what that reveals about the Met Police now.

©2023 Jess McDonald (P)2023 Audible, Ltd

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'Probably the most important book on the state of British policing...' Graham Bartlett

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Should be compulsory reading for all senior police officers.

As a retired Met Detective, I found myself easily absorbed back into The Job, and could readily identify with all aspects of this very well written true saga. The biggest crime is of course the bullying by an inadequate dysfunctional manager masquerading as a Sergeant. I think this has been very well written and exposes the institutional misogyny and laziness of senior officers too scared to do anything that might hinder their slippery path to retirement. This book should be compulsory reading for all senior officers so that all the ‘Warricks’ can be identified and dealt with, but I doubt they have the courage to do so.

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an important story

such an interesting storyanf a much needed voice in the boys club mentality of the met. the met has lost a good detective to foul bullies and this needs to be made known far and wide that this culture still reigns.

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A case study of institutional bullying

You would hope that the bodies responsible for upholding the law and protecting the public would be exemplary in their operation, conduct and management. As with so many social and private institutions in recent years, this is far from the case.

As, no doubt, alongside many others, the author joined the Met with a desire to challenge injustice and protect the vulnerable. Unfortunately the internal misogynistic culture of the Met has other ideas. The author describes how the extreme pressures of an excessive workload, unrealistic expectations and lack of resources create a Kafka-esque world where even getting by is an achievement.

It's a well written and engagingly narrated audio-book which, in the end, leads to a depressing conclusion. Well done for trying, Jess.

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Incredible

I’m really into true crime and how things work in the police world. I was really impressed by the story telling and how open and honest this person was with their story. Talking about the job and the effects it has on you is hard and it’s really amazing to hear that somebody is opening up about this.
Highly recommend

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outstanding book

really well written book covering difficult subjects while still managing to make it easy reading and entertaining. brings to light some major issues that need addressing. thank you jess mcdonald for the personal insight I got about an unhealthy relationship I was in at the time of reading

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An amazing brave story

This is the first time I have heard the unvarnished version of how a police force works. I am sure it is applicable to other police forces in the world. I was sickened to hear a story of someone who cares for others having to leave the organisation that does not care for its employees. I hope the met listens and the government.

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Great read, very interesting

Great insight, though uncomfortable to hear some of the stories. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

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A vital read

To say I really enjoyed this book feels wrong, given the content. It’s a fascinating insight into the world of the Met and its various systemic problems. It’s shocking, funny, sad and enlightening.

The author, although not an actor, is engaging and entertaining in her narration and the book is very well written. I didn’t want it to end!

I hope Jess has now found a fulfilling career with a healthy life balance and a decent salary! Good for her for what she was trying to achieve, and for exposing a system that is so critically flawed.

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So true!

As a serving officer, I can totally relate, albeit not in the pressures of the MET. New officers are not being afforded the respect, care or time to learn the trade because of fundamental front line cuts! Direct entry sigma is disgraceful!

Outdated senior management teams who purely look at bodies in uniform rather than can they actually do the job.

Jess - your book is completely relatable to those of us of pull the uniform on every day. The sacrifice for our loved one and the price not only you but your family paid is clear to see. Thank you for this book. I wish you nothing but luck and success in whatever you do! You are a loss to policing!

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Wow! Great read

Although I had an idea this went on somehow hearing it said makes it real. All the best for the future.

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