Eyewitness accounts of the incredible, though seldom-reported, bravery shown by numerous police officers in their day-to-day work.
The book used by Thandie Newton to research her part in Line of Duty.
A lone policewoman disarms a knife-wielding schizophrenic; two officers drag a woman from a railway line seconds before an express train roars past; an undercover cop clings onto the bonnet of a drug-dealer's car as it speeds through a busy town centre.
These are just some of the ways Britain's police officers are daily called upon to demonstrate bravery in the line of duty when even the most routine call can turn into a life-or-death situation and split-second judgements can make all the difference. Sometimes officers make the ultimate sacrifice in fulfilling their duty. When PC Bill Parker was swept to his death by floodwaters in Cumbria in 2009, he had been working to save stranded motorists from the same fate.
This thrilling collection of first-person accounts of true courage celebrates the sustained bravery and presence of mind routinely displayed by so many officers in England, Wales and Scotland. The stories also reveal an insider's view of the culture, training and techniques police officers use in carrying out their duties.
I am astounded by the way you told our tale. Absolutely brilliant.
Very inspirational and shows police officers for what they are normal people, people who can get hurt. A police officer goes to work every day not knowing what he/she will face. Their bravery should NEVER be underestimated. Fantastically written, you feel like you know the officers such is the writing style. I like how hard hitting the very real fears/emotions/mindset of the officers involved has been portrayed. Bravo to all those involved.
After reading the book I can honestly say what a privilege and honour it is to have been able to contribute to it. The way each story is written really captured the moment and I couldn't help but feel humbled. It really is a fantastic book.