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â400 Things Cops Knowâ shows police work on the inside, from the viewpoint of the regular cop on the beatâa profession that can range from rewarding to bizarre to terrifying, all within the course of an eight-hour shift. Written by veteran police sergeant Adam Plantinga, â400 Things Cops Knowâ brings the reader into life the way cops experience itâa life of danger, frustration, occasional triumph, and plenty of grindingly hard routine work.
In a laconic, no-nonsense, dryly humorous style, Plantinga tells what heâs learned from 13 years as a patrolman, from the everyday to the exoticâhow to know at a glance when a suspect is carrying a weapon or is going to attack, how to kick a door down, how to drive in a car chase without recklessly endangering the public, why you should always carry cigarettes, even if you donât smoke (offering a smoke is the best way to lure a suicide to safety), and what to do if you find a severed limb (donât put it on iceâyou need to keep it dry.)
â400 Things Cops Knowâ deglamorizes police work, showing the gritty, stressful, sometimes disgusting reality of life on patrol, from the possibility of infectionâcriminals donât always practice good hygieneâto the physical, psychological, and emotional toll of police work. Plantinga shows what cops experience of death, the legal system, violence, prostitution, drug use, the social causes and consequences of crime, alcoholism, and more.
Sometimes heartbreaking and often hilarious, â400 Things Cops Knowâ is an eye-opening revelation of what life on the beat is really all about.
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