Behind the Call of Duty

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Troubador Publishing Ltd, Aug 1, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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How did a little urchin, born in the last months of World War II in the back streets of Northampton, grow up to eventually occupy the chair of the town's Police Commander? This autobiography chronicles a childhood that may be seen as lonely. Forced to live with elderly, unmarried neighbours next door to his true mother, Bob Thorogood soon learnt to become independent and self-reliant. These humble beginnings were to shape this young man, leaving him worldly-wise, unafraid of hard work and with a unique ability to empathise with others. Starting work at fifteen as a grocer's errand boy, through serving an apprenticeship as a builder and marrying at nineteen, he never found his true vocation until joining Northamptonshire Police in 1969. His early career was in the turbulent 1970s, when policing gained undeserved notoriety for 'fixing' evidence due to a few national scandals and public expectation of 'The Sweeney' style justice. With his wife and family by his side and through thirty years of Police service, the author relates anecdotes that will have the reader in stitches, and provide an insight into what really happened in a number of high profile cases, both local and national.
 

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Well done Bob. Most enjoyable reading regardind a great Police career. Serious and Humerous reading. Many memories brought to life.I recommend this book to people who like a good police story. Retired Police Sergeant Bob Salter

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
19
Section 3
34
Section 4
42
Section 5
45
Section 6
53
Section 7
59
Section 8
65
Section 19
152
Section 20
163
Section 21
170
Section 22
180
Section 23
185
Section 24
193
Section 25
206
Section 26
209

Section 9
77
Section 10
90
Section 11
104
Section 12
106
Section 13
117
Section 14
122
Section 15
131
Section 16
138
Section 17
140
Section 18
148
Section 27
221
Section 28
227
Section 29
235
Section 30
240
Section 31
245
Section 32
256
Section 33
260
Section 34
275
Section 35
278
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About the author (2006)

Bob Thorogood was born in Northampton, leaving school at fifteen to make his way in life; starting as a grocer's errand boy, through the building trade and eventually finding his true calling as a Police Officer. He is married with two sons and a daughter and still lives in Northamptonshire.

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