A Force Like No Other: The real stories of the RUC men and women who policed the Troubles


In 1983, Interpol named Northern Ireland the most dangerous place in the world to be a police officer. In 1968, the RUC was catapulted into the Troubles. Bombs, death threats and murder became a regular part of the day job. Working right at the heart of the conflict, police officers were often caught in the middle – heroes to some, villains to others. Now, for the first time, the men and women who policed the Troubles tell their own stories in their own words. Covering all aspects of police work, from handling informants and conducting interviews with notorious criminals to dealing with the aftermath of tragic bombings, these candid, moving and sometimes blackly comic stories show the unpredictable, brutal and surreal world in which the RUC operated. As a former police officer, Colin Breen has unparalleled access to former RUC, Special Branch and CID officers who have never spoken out before. Their stories reveal the mayhem and madness that officers dealt with every day; the psychological and personal toll of the job; and the camaraderie and the whiskey that helped them to cope. Raw, unsettling and frank, A Force Like No Other tells the real story of the RUC.

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In 1983, Interpol named Northern Eire probably the most harmful place on the planet to be a police officer. In 1968, the RUC was catapulted into the Troubles. Bombs, dying threats and homicide turned an everyday a part of the day job. Working proper on the coronary heart of the battle, law enforcement officials have been usually caught within the center – heroes to some, villains to others. Now, for the primary time, the women and men who policed the Troubles inform their very own tales in their very own phrases. Overlaying all features of police work, from dealing with informants and conducting interviews with infamous criminals to coping with the aftermath of tragic bombings, these candid, shifting and typically blackly comedian tales present the unpredictable, brutal and surreal world during which the RUC operated. As a former police officer, Colin Breen has unparalleled entry to former RUC, Particular Department and CID officers who’ve by no means spoken out earlier than. Their tales reveal the mayhem and insanity that officers handled day by day; the psychological and private toll of the job; and the camaraderie and the whiskey that helped them to manage. Uncooked, unsettling and frank, A Drive Like No Different tells the true story of the RUC.

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