An Ordinary Copper: Reflections on Policing Since the Mid-1960s - David LeachBradford-on-Avon: Ex Libris Press, 2015, Paperback.
Condition: Near Fine.
Includes: Black & white photographs;
From the cover: “The idea for David Leach’s book, An Ordinary Copper, arose from a casual comment at the turn of the millennium that his varied career in the Police Service might produce a story worth the telling.
The author opens with one of the most frightening moments of his more than thirty years in the Service, then takes the reader through the changing landscape of policing. This progresses from the traditional urban and rural policing of the 1960s to reach the threshold of significant change which followed his retirement in the mid-1990s.
Based in the Force area in which he grew up but spending some years moving around most of the current Avon and Somerset Constabulary area, he also relates his experiences further afield. These include a year spent at the Police College at Bramshill and a longer period attached to New Scotland Yard, much of it related to large-scale public order policing.
We discover how his wide experience came to bear on the management demands of taking charge of a mixed, urban and rural, sub-division and then a headquarters department. David concludes by examining his concerns regarding the changes being wrought in the police service and attempts to assess their implications.
An Ordinary Copper will prove an enlightening and enjoyable read for anyone with an interest in one individual’s personal account of his career in the Police Service which, at some time in our lives, we all of us have cause to rely upon.”