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Voices from the Blue by Jennifer Rees, Robert J. Strange

Voices from the Blue

The Real Lives of Policewomen

Jennifer Rees, Robert J. Strange

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Imprint: Robinson
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publication date: 7 Feb 2019
ISBN: 9781472143099

In celebration of 100 years of women police officers in the Met, a reflection, in the voices of those who served, of what women have endured, accomplished and changed over the past hundred years.

4 stars out of 5
15 Mar 2019

"The triumph of female cops"

God, I love these women! Their breeziness, compassion, humour and resilience are a tonic. Scattered among the collected memories are those of Cressida Dick: there she is arriving in 1983 with a copy of the Guardian to cries of “Oh my God look what we’ve got here!”, or dealing with a sex worker so familiar that she lets her fill in her own charge sheet. On one occasion at a police party to mark a marriage she was dragged towards the groom, who was naked and covered in grease, and ordered to dance with him. “I didn’t feel assaulted, affronted or anything. I thought ‘This is ridiculous.’” So she disentangled herself and carried on to become, thirty years later, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.

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4 stars out of 5
1 Mar 2019

"Despite the difficulties they faced, these women have extraordinary tales to tell"

Introduced and co-compiled by Jennifer Rees – who served for 30 years first as an officer and then as a forensic specialist – Voices from the Blue celebrates the 100th anniversary of women joining the Met though a series of short, sharp first-person accounts of all aspects of the job.... Despite the difficulties they faced, these women have extraordinary tales to tell. This book contains shocking accounts of domestic violence, rape, murder, child abuse and terrorism.