‘Welcome to an unseen world – unless you are a ‘cop’ of course. These are genuine stories of the tricks that police officers play on each other, plus a dose of funny police stories as a bonus. You won’t believe the extraordinary lengths some officers will go to, in order to ‘get one over’ a colleague, or the quick thinking and wit to make the most of a situation that presents itself. Police and graveyards, police and mortuaries, the ‘character building of Probationary Constables, the Florida job that wasn’t, the magic bank card, the ‘art of spinning’, the ‘wubbery’ chow mein – they are all in here.
Mention the words ‘blag’ and ‘blaggers’, and most people of a certain age will think of the slang word used regularly in ‘The Sweeney’ to describe armed robbers, who attacked security vehicles with sawn-off shotguns and pick-axe handles in the 1970/80s.
In this little book however, you will discover a very different police meaning – the ‘dark humour’deployed by police officers to play tricks on their colleagues. The ability to ‘wind-up’ staff was, and still is, seen as a desirable skill, funny, sometimes ‘well over the top and occasionally outrageously inappropriate. ‘Blags’ played on colleagues, some almost legendary, are enshrined within local policing memory and culture, and in this book the authors offer a light-hearted peek inside a little-known sub-culture. Not meant to be taken too seriously, it shows that even within the institution of the police service there is plenty of room for humour, and that the police are only human!’