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The Direct Entry Scheme was a controversial new programme devised to tackle a recruitment crisis in the force. Jess McDonald was one of a hundred of the first rookies to go through an intense twenty-week training course, bypass time in uniform and fly solo as a detective investigating serious crime. In Jess’s incisive, original and eye-opening memoir she takes us from bizarre training rituals to harrowing encounters with the perpetrators and victims of violent crime against women and girls, exploring what it really means to be responsible for ‘keeping London safe for everyone’. We see the immense pressure she is put under as she struggles to adapt to her extraordinary new circumstances – and weighs up whether she, or any of the other Direct Entry detectives – can survive in the force as it is.

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‘Probably the most important book on the state of British policing you’ll ever read’ Graham BartlettJess McDonald was a true crime junkie and Line of Duty sofa sleuth with a strong sense of justice. Under a year later, thanks to a controversial new initiative, she was a detective in the London Metropolitan Police Service.The Met Police’s Direct Entry Detective scheme was aimed at turning people with no experienceof the police into detectives. When it was launched, to tackle an unprecedented recruitment crisis, over 4,500 people, Jessincluded, applied.But why, within just a year of qualifying, had the majority of Jess’ cohort resigned?No Comment is Jess’ candid, eye-opening and often shocking account, exploring the reality of being a detective in the Met and responsible for ‘keeping London safe for everyone’. In her incisive book she explores the challenges of life on the front line, dealing almost exclusively with serious crimes against women, and what that reveals about the Met Police now.

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Weight 0.52 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.3 × 2.7 cm










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