What is life like for a female Undercover Cop?
Ash Cameron joined the police in the 70s – think Life on Mars with added ladders in her tights.
From arresting East End gangsters, dealing out justice to football hooligans and coping with sexism on the job, Ash did it all. So when she was asked to go undercover, well, it was just another job, wasn’t it?
Told with warmth and humour, these ‘confessions’ will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you roll your eyes as you learn exactly what goes on behind-the-scenes in the police…
Confessions of an Undercover Cop by Ash Cameron is the sixth book in best-selling Confessions series, and was published by The Friday Project; an imprint of Harper Collins on 12 September 2013.
The police have had a lot of criticism recently, I think it's fair to say that a great deal of trust has been lost due to the actions taken by senior police officers that have been highlighted in the media over the past year or so. We have to remember that the majority of serving police officers are there because they want to protect the public, because they want to see justice done. They are everyday people, just like the rest of us - doing a job that is often very unpleasant, often criticised and often played down.
I really enjoyed this book. Ash Cameron tells of her time in the police force with humour and affection. We join her as a new recruit in the 70s and follow her as she goes undercover, and later when she works with the People Protection Unit.
The book is made of up short chapters, each describing an incident that Ash had to deal with. Some of these are laugh-out-loud funny, some of them are desperately sad and a few of them are shocking. Ash Cameron writes really well. The reader feels as though they have travelled alongside her, but without the scrapes and bruises!
Ash Cameron saw and did a lot during her career with the police. She was physically attacked and spat at, she saw and heard things most of us could never imagine having to deal with once, let alone on a daily basis. Despite this, her passion for the job, and her belief in the system shines though.
One of the beauties of this book is that it is told in short, snappy bursts. Each chapter is a story in itself, and the book can be either read straight through, or dipped into every now and again.
Confessions of an Undercover Cop is a book that will appeal to many, and one that I'd recommend - a proper behind-the-scenes look at life in the force.
My thanks to Sabah at LightBrigade PR and The Friday Project for sending my copy for review.
Ash Cameron served in the Police Force from the late 70s before taking medical retirement. During her career, Ash worked as uniformed constable, an undercover cop, a detective, and a sergeant. More information can be found on the book's own Facebook page.