Who'd be a copper?: Thirty years a frontline British cop

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Troubador Publishing Ltd, May 28, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography - 256 pages

 “I am an endangered species – a cop who has actually reached retirement age,” says Jonathan Nicholas. 


Who’d be a copper? follows Jonathan Nicholas in his transition from a long-haired world traveller to becoming one of ‘Thatcher’s army’ on the picket lines of the 1984 miner’s dispute and beyond. His first years in the police were often chaotic and difficult, and he was very nearly sacked for not prosecuting enough people. 

Working at the sharp end of inner-city policing for the entire thirty years, Jonathan saw how politics interfered with the job; from the massaging of crime figures to personal petty squabbles with senior officers. His last ten years were the oddest, from being the best cop in the force to repeatedly being told that he faced dismissal. This astonishing true story comes from deep in the heart of British inner-city policing and is a revealing insight into what life is really like for a police officer, amid increasing budget cuts, bizarre Home Office ideas and stifling political correctness. 

“I can write what I like, even if it brings the police service into disrepute, because I don’t work for them anymore!” says Jonathan Nicholas. 

Who’d be a copper? is a unique insight into modern policing that will appeal to fans of autobiographies, plus those interested in seeing what really happens behind the scenes of the UK police.
 

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Contents

A policeman calls
10
Epperstone Manor
25
RAF Dishforth
41
Swimming and fighting
58
First arrest and the miners dispute
78
On my own
93
Dead people
109
The first decent cough
139
Inside and out
157
Football and Goose Fair
173
HOLMES
189
Back on the beat
213
Surveys and indiscretions
234
The fall and rise
259
Epilogue
285
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About the author (2015)

Jonathan Nicholas spent five years travelling the world before becoming a police officer in 1984. He served thirty years as a Constable in uniform at a busy inner-city Nottingham police station.

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