You have the right to remain...deluded

Title: When Did I Start Looking Like a Cop?

Author: Joseph Belcastro

Genre: Memoir

No. of pages: 150

Rating: 1/5

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I like the police. 

They are good guys and gals who train hard to keep our cities safe. Honestly, I respect them for what they do every day.

Yes there are a couple of bad seeds but that's in any profession; corrupt politicians, sleazy lawyers, dodgy doctors, you name it every profession has it. But overall they are a good bunch.

They protect and serve and help us all sleep at night without having to worry about a criminal breaking in and robbing/murdering/beating us.

Also, I find law enforcement very interesting. I like reading books about crime and I watch a lot of tv shows about crime as well (my favourite is Brooklyn Nine-Nine).

Safe to say, when I won this book through a giveaway on Goodreads, I was excited. Here was a book that would tell the tales of an officer in the NYPD. I was geared up and ready to delve into the world of New York's finest.

My first observation was that the book was very thin. Only 150 pages.

Aw man, I thought, I wish it was longer.

I took that wish back very quickly.

This book. I had so many expectations for it. I thought I was getting a book with fun filled anecdotes about working in the NYPD. Cook short stories, advice for newcomers and just general awesomeness.

This book took me a week to read.

A week.

Not because it was boring. No some of the anecdotes are interesting and the whole book is very exaggerated and dramatised to interest the reader.

However the tone of this book; I hate passionately.

The author's voice comes across as proud, bigoted and egotistical, definitely not someone I would want to meet. I don't know whether the author was trying to big himself up and show how proud he was to be part of the police force, which is fine, but it came across as very cocky.

Belcastro talks about single-handedly apprehending pick pocketers and stopping a ring of criminals, which I highly doubt. I mean as he mentions, every officer has a partner, so should credit go to both of them? Or the teams of people involved? Rather than just me me me?

There is an anecdote in the book that really shocked me.  Belcastro talks about turning up to the scene of a shootout where a criminal had shot a police officer. This criminal had also been shot and was bleeding heavily. Belcastro and his partner stand over the criminal and proceed to be hateful and cold.

I mean I know he is a criminal but he is still human for crying out loud! Show a little compassion!

Besides this a lot of the anecdotes I didn't see the point in. I was left questioning why he had included that in the book since it added nothing of value. On the other hands there were anecdotes were I was left saying but...but... because it made absolutely no sense why he had exaggerated a story that was useless, or that he tried to take credit for something he clearly didn't do.

Overall I hated this book. Belcastro was so up on his high horse he has written a poor deluded book full of spelling errors and worthless anecdotes. Please don't waste your time reading it.

If we are to believe Belcastro, then we are lucky to have him in our midst because I am pretty sure he can solve all the crime in NYC single-handedly, possibly all the crime in the world!

BRB I am going to remove a person from this planet

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