Joan Lock

Lady Policeman

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First published in the UK in hardback by Michael Joseph, 1968

Paperback and ebook Jolo Press, 2014

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When policing London's West End in the 1950s many people asked the author: 'But what does a policewoman do?'

Here, she gives the answers with honesty and humour. She takes us behind the scenes into the life of an ordinary police officer – not the familiar CID crime buster.

We accompany her 'on the beat' for early, late and night shifts, and experience the public's friendly, curious or downright rude reactions to a woman in authority.

Her work included dealing with runaway juveniles, attempted suicides, abandoned babies and the mentally disturbed. She saw an astonishingly varied cross-section of London life: Piccadilly Circus at dawn, devoid of traffic and still wet from the attentions of the council's cleaning department; the Mall at the Trooping of the Colour ceremony; the foyer of a cinema on a royalty-studded premiere, hostels and hospitals, prisons and courtrooms. There are visits to nightclubs for observations or raids, and glimpses into training school and 'The Yard'.

Joan Lock's 'patch' took in cosmopolitan Soho and wealthy Mayfair, where prostitutes lined many of the streets. In the line of duty Joan even posed as one of them.

'On the whole,' she says, 'it was quite an experience'.

'Interesting history detail of police work in London.'Amazon: C Saunders, 2015 'Fun, and exciting too' Sunday Mirror 1969 'Plenty of West End Central anecdotes' The Guardian 1969 'a most arresting book' Coventry Evening Telegraph 1969 'nothing plodding about her account' Newcastle Evening Chronicle 1969 'An absorbing read' Yorkshire Evening Post 1969