'Voices from a Blue Box': (Tales from a Black Country Copper)

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AuthorHouse, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 340 pages
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In this, the first published book from a lifelong procrastinator, wit and soon to be retired policeman. Bryan Connor, the author, recounts a successful thirty year career with the British Police Service, providing a fascinating insight into the day to day life of a British copper. Delving into selected extracts from the more humorous stories he noted down following his tours of duty. Modern Police Officers are now life guards, crime prevention officers, crime fighters, admin clerks, scenes of crime officers, taxi drivers, social workers, interrogators, gaolers, stewards for sporting events, missing persons specialists, call centre operatives, traffic wardens, first aiders, accurate chronologists, road safety consultants, filing clerks, truancy officers, messengers, fraud investigators, locksmiths, message dispatchers, emergency fire-fighters, road crossing patrol operatives, undertakers, tourist information officers, security officers, youth and community workers, delivery drivers, school liaison officers, street cleaners, first aiders, and sometimes even street patrol beat officers all rolled into one. In other words, they are 'Jacks of all trades and pretty much masters of none'! This book covers some of the tricky situations, embarrassing moments and uncomfortable episodes that quite often arise when some of the people local to and just passing through the busy Borough of Sandwell in the West Midlands of England decided to breach the laws laid down by Her Majesties Government. Bryan's style could best be summed up as......Style, what style? But it is genuine hearty humour with just a hint of sarcasm, Infused with a wealth of peculiar characters. Bryan extracts just some of the more notable episodes in his past, letting you in on some of the more amusing incidents that he and his colleagues had to deal with daily. Only the names and locations have been changed to protect the not so innocent!
 

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About the author (2010)

Born in 1957 in North West of England Bryan Connor was brought up, the youngest of three children, in a third generation Anglo-Catholic Irish household. Educated at Cowley School, St Helens. After a three year youth and community course in Birmingham. Bryan's life changed completely, when he joined the police having no idea of the strange adventures to come. Bryan has worked on response units before becoming a permanent beat constable on 'Cape Hill' a busy inner city area for eleven years. After working in the Forces' Community Services Department as a School Liaison officer, which culminated in a visit to St James' Palace to receive an award from Her Majesty the Queen, Bryan returned to operational policing. Following a road accident, Bryan faced spinal surgery which left him permanently restricted from operational policing. He then 'piloted a desk', firstly as Case Builder preparing files for court before moving into Ops Planning, arranging resources for mutual aid requests. When he wasn't washing the car, mowing the lawn and helping bring up three daughters, Bryan played rugby representing his force and is a fully paid up member of 'The Hookers Union', in both 'codes'. Now too old and frankly too stiff to play 'the greatest game', he begrudgingly watches his beloved 'Saints', St Helens RLFC, his hometown club, whenever he gets the opportunity. He also follows his local football team West Bromwich Albion FC, 'The Baggies' who where ironically the first Football League side he ever saw play when he was thirteen years old whilst on a family holiday to Blackpool, at the 'seasiders' Bloomfield Road ground (Albion lost that day too!). For more information on Bryan's public speaking engagements, his art or indeed stories for his next book project, please contact him at his e-mail address: bryan@bryanconnor.co.uk

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