Police, Crime & 999 by John Donoghue

The True Story of a Front Line Officer

Ever wondered what really happens behind the scenes in the police? What bizarre 999 calls are made to the emergency services? Why can wearing two pairs of socks make you a suspect? What is the link between police and vampires? Which Royal arrest never made news headlines? What covert sign do officers make when they no longer wish to talk to you?

After successful careers in both the military and business, John Donoghue realised that the higher you get in any organisation, the less fun you have. So, after handing back his expense account and company car, he joined the police in search of excitement and thrills… and discovered some surprising answers to these puzzling questions.

PC John Donoghue reveals all in his fascinating and hilarious true account of a year in the life of a front line response officer. Names and places have been changed to protect the guilty… but if you call the police, maybe, just maybe, it could be Police Constable John Donoghue turning up at your door.

This book will appeal to anyone interested in crime and police, as well as fans of autobiographies and humour.


This book was recommended to me by a good author friend.  I immediately purchased the kindle version which I found a great book to pick up and put down whenever I was needing a good giggle.  I then decided I needed the full set and would rather have them in paperback so bought the paperback versions and re-read from the beginning.

The humour is sometimes dark, sometimes silly, sometimes subtle. Honestly one of the funniest books I have ever read. Be warned – there are some real ‘laugh out loud’ stories which will embarrass you if you break out laughing in the wrong place!

It is a book you can read again and again.

  • TITLE: Police, Crime & 999
  • AUTHOR: John Donoghue
  • PUBLISHER: Troubador Publishing
  • PUBLICATION DATE: 13 May 2011


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I never set out to be a writer… I wanted to be a sailor… and a soldier… and a policeman…so that’s what I did. I’ve travelled the world serving in the Royal Navy and then the British Army. When I left, I joined the police where I’m still a serving officer.

I soon found out in my varied careers that FACT is stranger then FICTION. I’d come across so many funny, bizarre and interesting tales that I felt it was a crime not to write them down… otherwise they just get forgotten.

So that’s what I did and to date, I’ve have written four books based on my experiences…

The police books, in ‘The True Story of a Front Line Officer’ series include:

‘Police, Crime & 999’

‘Police, Lies & Alibis’

‘Police, Arrests & Suspects’

My Military service along with the tale of my journey around the bizarre named places in the UK with my dog is covered in:

‘Shakespeare My Butt!’ …which has nothing to do with the bard by the way!

You can interact with John Donoghue on his websiteTwitter and Goodreads

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