The Rules of Modern Policing - 1973 Edition : (Life on Mars), Hardback Book

The Rules of Modern Policing - 1973 Edition : (Life on Mars) Hardback

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'Don't move! You're surrounded by armed bastards!'Viewers of Life on Mars could be forgiven for thinking that the police force of the 1970s lived by the maxim 'The rules are: there are no rules', yet it turns out that this was not the case.

A fascinating historical document has now emerged which shows that there were indeed rules and in 1973 they were recorded on paper by none other than DCI Gene Hunt himself. Divided into ten sections, The Rules of Modern Policing - 1973 Edition covers everything from interrogating suspects and undercover operations to driving and dress code.

Several of the rules are illustrated with diagrams, and photographs of DCI Hunt himself illustrate the more physical parts of the job: how to hit suspects so you don't leave a mark; how to signal the importance of your arrival by crashing into inanimate objects (cardboard boxes are a perfect example here - lots of noise; no damage to your motor); how to roll over the bonnet of your cortina without making a dick of yourself.

Completing the book is an invaluable glossary of police terms, covering everything from blag to lag, and nonce to ponce. An essential reference work for fans of Life of Mars, The Rules of Modern Policing offers a unique insight to seventies' law enforcement that will make you laugh until you cry like the wet little turd you are.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 128 pages, Full-colour throughout
  • Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Police & security services
  • ISBN: 9780593060209



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The Rules of Modern Policing is brought to you by Gene Hunt, by way of DC Chris Skelton. Apparently, the higher ups wanted a policing text, or rules to live by, and who better to offer up words of wisdom than the CID's very own DCI Gene Hunt? He does, after all, get results, even if his methods are a little...informal. All the informal rules you could hope for are offered in this text, delivered with Hunt's signature gruffness and wit from the show. Plus, you get to see Chris navigate the quizzes Hunt lays down at the end of each chapter, along with his comments about the Guv and fellow officers. Fans of Life on Mars (or any police show set in the seventies, for that matter) will love this. There is some crude humor and mild nudity, but nothing you wouldn't see in the show.