Gun Law: Fighting Britain's Deadliest Gangs : Inside an Elite Police Firearms Unit

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Milo Books, 2004 - Police - 275 pages
Over twenty years, Andy Hailwood took part in major operations to arrest international terrorists, ruthless drugs gangs, kidnappers and armed robbers and was on the frontline at some of the most violent crime busts of recent years. He has been part of the Police VA3 Firearms Department, then of the Tactical Aid Group (known as the T.A.G.) before transferring to the VO8 Firearms Department. Gun Law tells the action-packed inside story of hard target, armed policing on the streets of Britain and the men who daily risk their lives in pursuit of criminals.

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I enjoyed reading Andy Hailwood's book about the time he was a member of the GMP (Greater Manchester Police), mainly as a firearms officer of one kind or another.
For an insight into the
extremely complicated structure of the GMP (Greater Manchester Police) it boggles the mind. But as long as we are just following his journey the book is most readable and interesting.
But the exposure of so much incompetence reminds one of Parkinson's Law, which must have been rampant in the GMP (Greater Manchester Police).
My only complaint as a reader is his use of acronyms - 40 in all - which we are supposed to remember what they really mean. Doing a course in memory training should not be a prerequisite to reading a book. Eventually I gave up and just read the story. It would have been so easy to have put the full title in brackets after the acronym, and for this I blame the editor.
I think the book deserves more publicity than it has got - and deserves to be read more widely.


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