What Cops Know

What Cops Know s t Cops Talk About What They Do How They Do It What It Does to ThemChicago cops report from the front lines in Fletcher s fascinating oral dispatch Cops know things you I don t writes Fletcher Jour

  • Title: What Cops Know
  • Author: Connie Fletcher
  • ISBN: 9780394577197
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Hardcover
  • s t Cops Talk About What They Do, How They Do It What It Does to ThemChicago cops report from the front lines in Fletcher s fascinating oral dispatch Cops know things you I don t, writes Fletcher Journalism Loyola U , a claim borne out by this well meshed compilation of cop talk altho not to the degree that, as she says, a cop who works traffic has peers t Cops Talk About What They Do, How They Do It What It Does to ThemChicago cops report from the front lines in Fletcher s fascinating oral dispatch Cops know things you I don t, writes Fletcher Journalism Loyola U , a claim borne out by this well meshed compilation of cop talk altho not to the degree that, as she says, a cop who works traffic has peered deeper into the recesses of the human psyche than most shrinks Hyperbole aside, the hundred of testimonies presented here ranging in length from a sentence to several pages, distilled from three years of interviews with 125 Chicago cops, from beat walkers to brass provide an intense nose to navel confrontation with society s underbelly She arranges her material into six sections The Street, Violent Crimes, Sex Crimes, Narcotics, Property Crimes Organized Crime each offering commentary that regrettably is credited not individually but only to the score or so cops given brief biographies at each chapter s end The testimony itself is what you d expect from cops punchy, sad, blackly hud, nearly always interesting There are different ways to handle the smell at a scene, explains one cop A lot of homicide dicks stick cigarette filters up their nostrils Only two kinds of people stare at other people nuts police If you want to be safe on the streets, make eye contact says another The only Americans who have ever accepted the metric system are the dope dealers, says a 3rd There is no bottom There is no low You never know what you re going to see next, laments a 4th so on Not quite as candid that is, self critical as Mark Baker s similar 1985 oral report, Cops NB Fletcher s sister is a cop , but still an engrossing, hard nosed briefing from the men in blue Kirkus edited

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    1. The initial appeal here is the logical continuation of the title, What Cops Know--- specifically, And You Don't. When you consider all the hidden aspects of the human psyche that are cloaked, concealed or disguised, you begin to get the idea -- cops know about it, cops have been there, cops are always there.As recording cameras for the creaky contraption of justice, as unblinking eyes in the long watches of the night -- cops are the ones whose observations and powers of recognition must stand be [...]

    2. A look inside the world of a police officer20 June 2012 When I saw this book I bought it because it looked interesting and when I did read it I found it really interesting, though we must always remember that it is written from one point of view, and that is the Chicago Police. Even then I found it remarkably unbiased and enlightening to learn about law enforcement from the side of the enforcers and the dangers that their jobs always seem to put them in. Okay, the book is focused only on the Chi [...]

    3. Awesome True Crime! This book is made up of hundreds of little vignettes, making it a very fast read. Chapters are divided up into the following subjects: The Street, Violent Crimes, Sex Crimes, Narcotics, Property Crimes, Organized Crime. Each of those headings is bursting with grim anecdotes from Chicago cops. A dark thread of humor runs through the book. Reading it feels like you are in a cop bar, hearing the guys tell old school stories. Warning, some of the material, particularly the chapte [...]

    4. I read this because I took about 10 classes with Connie Fletcher at Loyola University in Chicago. Great insight into the tight-lipped world of the Chicago PD. Harrowing and amusing (but, really, more of the former). She's written a bunch of other books in the same vein.

    5. The book is organized into chapters that correspond with major police units -- homicide, sex crimes, narcotics, etc. Each section is comprised of dozens of brief observations or anecdotes by cops in that division. Some are scary, some are hilarious or insightful. So the book is like salted peanuts that you can't stop eating. It was especially interesting to me in that it is the Chicago Police Department that is profiled. Written in 1990, only some of the chapters feel dated - drugs du jour in th [...]

    6. Here's a favourite quote - oh they're so cynical those cops you knowYou should fight like hell if you get attacked on the street, or in your home. The old thinking was, especially with women, submit, give in, maybe the guy will give you a break and not kill you. Now, maybe you will get raped, but least you'll have the satisfaction of knowing you didn't just lie down and take it. You don't know how many home-invasion scenes we walk in on where the people are sitting there all tied up and all dead [...]

    7. There are some things that date this book such as the technology mentioned, but really I personally believe a criminal's mind and way of thinking doesn't change much from decade to decade. This is gruesome in some parts. If you struggle reading about war or violent crime scenes, then this may bother you too much to enjoy what the book has to offer. I also want to put in my two cents and write that after you read this, it's a good reminder why police should have excellent and early retirement pla [...]

    8. This was a great book; a lot of the insights have stayed with me through the years. Especially thoughts on pedophiles - they genuinely love children and that is why they are drawn to professions with children: teachers, coaches, etc. Scary insights into the human psyche by the people who see us at our best and our worst!

    9. This is an oral history of cops--specifically Chicago cops. As with Fletcher's Every Contact Leaves a Trace, what makes this book fascinating is the voices of the cops she interviews, how they talk about what they've experienced.

    10. Yuck. This was a really hard book to read, especially in some parts. (Also funny in others; thieves can really be stupid; I guess that's why they're theives.) Will definitely broaden your appreciation for those men (and women) in blue. Glad I didn't read it when it first came out. Hope this book has led to some changes.

    11. This book is a great read. Lets you know insight into what cops have to deal with on a regular basis. It gave me more respect for cops, and how hard their jobs are, and putting their lives on the line everyday for people like me and you.

    12. This book is a keeper for me. If you work in law enforcement or know someone who does, read this. If you are interested in what really happens on a cop's beat, this will give you a taste of that reality.

    13. Written in the '80's, this book is basically a set of quotes from Chicago cops about their work, organized by topic. I read this book years ago and found it to be fascinating. While it is a bit dated, I recently read it again and still found it fascinating.

    14. Fletcher being a Loyola University graduate, her book was making the rounds when I worked there, particularly in the Criminal Justice Department, the chair of which and the office manager of which were friends. The book is pretty much what you'd expect--interesting, but certainly not deep.

    15. This book may have kept me out of being a crime statistic so far. Excellent non fiction read that every law abiding citizen deserves to know. Practical advice about what to look for and how to keep yourself safe.

    16. I read this years ago, and it is easy to read, funny in places, and you get the story striaght from a cop's perspective/experience. What they predicted would be future criminal activity back then---IS now a reality today.

    17. The author spent hours and hours listening and recording cops and the result was this collection of their short stories and lessons about being a copper. It's OK and even important since there's nothing else like it, but I guess anyone hanging around bars would hear similar comments.

    18. It was a good look behind the scenes but at times very disturbing. Very disturbing. Especially when the stories were about kids.

    19. I'm not sure how up-to-date this book is, since it was published almost 20 years ago, but the anecdotes are fascinating. A fun read if you're into black humor. I enjoyed it.

    20. As a long-time journalist who covered the cops beat for longer than most cops worked it, I have to say this book is a must read!

    21. An urban street-wise view from the perspective of several e experienced law enforcement officers (male and female) in Chicago. A fascinating read.

    22. Quite an eye opening experience and a good reminder of what this world really is about and the heartbreak of a job it can be to put on the authority hat in America today.

    23. Still as relevant today as it was back 1990(the more things change). A must read of any writer who wants to write realistic crime fiction.

    24. There are a lot of good quotes. As law enforcement myself, I find some of these quotes funny and others so close-to-home.

    25. Some crazy Chicago stories. I enjoyed simple excerpts from police officers that told interesting stories. It really didn't make me like cops more though.

    26. A few years ago I suppose I would have loved this book; but I found it rather dull and seemingly a rehash of cop stories. Nothing here you can't read in a Wambaugh book.

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