An account of my years as an operational police officer on Queensland's Gold Coast. Some funny chapters and some decidedly sad, but all reflective of the extremes of human nature and behavior that street cops worldwide face on a daily basis.
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Rated FIVE STARS on Amazon , Apple iBooks & Goodreads!
I thought this would be good...and it was! Take this out to the pool for a quick read. Amazon Verified Purchase Review
A charming writer, clever with words, and, an ever-so interesting collection of true stories. I read through this book in no time--a real page-turner--and couldn't wait to find out if, in the future, there might be another book published by Nick Wood. Indeed, in the epilogue, he states, " I don't believe that this book will be my last." Deanna - Goodreads Review
"Wood takes us on his law enforcement career with him and puts us on an emotion roller coaster as he recounts the highs and the lows of his career. His writing is crisp, emotional and clearly paints a descriptive picture. Nick's recounted some very personal challenges performing in law enforcement and left his heart here for us all to read. This is a book I just could not put down" Mark V. Retired Police Officer. California
“There are good cops and bad cops but the most successful surely are those who are observant cops. In this book, Wood demonstrates that he has excellent powers of observation of the range of human behaviors and emotions. This is clearly a skill that underpinned his policing career and certainly infuses his series of recollections. The stories are a delightful mixture of the humorous, the curious and sometimes the bizarre - all told with fluency and wit.” Robyn Lincoln, Criminologist, Gold Coast, Australia.
“Wood reflects on the roller coaster life of a uniformed Cop in East Coast Australia. By turns it reveals comic tragic and pitiful examples of humankind. The personality of the officer is afflicted and overloaded by what he is presented with, leading to him, clearly a talented officer, being invalided off the force. Compelling reading, revealing the need for mental health first aid and awareness by all who manage frontline staff, whichever blue light service they work for.” Paul Rennie, for over 25 years, a Mental Health Professional.
“From the first chapter of the book you get an understanding that Wood has not only walked in the boots of a uniformed officer on a very notorious beat, he has lived this life taking you into the stories like you are one of his partners in the patrol vehicle. This skill of being able to take the reader on a journey between some of the lighter and I must say funnier moments you deal with as a police officer, to the more sinister and brutally dangerous situations that police in all parts of the world deal with on a daily basis, is well done. A great read for all lovers of police stories, not just for police officers, or emergency personnel. Wood has done a great job and I look forward to his future works.” A.G. - a currently serving officer on the Gold Coast, Australia.