Crossing the Line
Crossing the Line
As a society, we are captivated by policing; we watch police procedurals and fly-on-the-wall documentaries and absorb the headlines on the rolling news. Yet how much do we really know about the world that policing inhabits and reveals? In his eye-opening new book, John Sutherland invites us to step behind the cordon tape and bear witness to the things that he has seen in his 25 years of service. Tackling ten of the biggest challenges facing society today – from alcohol abuse, drug addiction and domestic violence to knife crime, terrorism and sexual offences – we are introduced to people who have been pushed to the limits. In doing so, we gain a clearer sense of what needs to be done in order to make the cities we live in better places for us all to live. Deeply revealing, courageous and moving, this is a book that will change what you see when you walk down the street.
A RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK
'A love letter to police officers and the most vulnerable people they protect and serve' CHRISTIE WATSON, author of THE LANGUAGE OF KINDNESS
'Extraordinary . . . urgent and compelling. We all have lessons to learn from this book' SIMON MAYO
There is much more to policing than tackling crime. Every one of us will need the help of an officer at some point in our lives, often when we're at our most vulnerable. Yet how much do we really know about the realities of policing? Using real life stories from his twenty-five years of service with the Metropolitan Police, John Sutherland invites us beyond the cordon tape to bear witness to all he has seen. In doing so, he offers a hopeful vision for how we can tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today.
Includes a new Afterword on policing during the Covid-19 pandemic