Friday 2 August 2019

Book ~ "Confessions of a Mountie: My Life Behind the Red Serge" (2016) Frank Pitts

From Goodreads ~ During one of many lectures, my trainer explained that throughout a police officer’s career he or she will be called “pig” many times. The trainer explained that it should not be a cause for you to lose your composure. He said to embrace it, as it stands for Pride, Intelligence, and Guts.

"Confessions of a Mountie" is the memoir of retired RCMP Officer Frank Pitts from Bell Island, Newfoundland and Labrador. His story begins with a terrifying standoff between him and a machete-wielding suspect. As his life flashes before his eyes, Frank Pitts recalls his enlistment, training, and cases both solved and unsolved that have led to this moment. Through these flashbacks, we learn what a day in the life of a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer is like and that decisions, often made in the blink of an eye, can mean the difference between life and death.

Frank Pitts is a retired RCMP officer from Bell Island, Newfoundland.  While working for a couple years with Environment Canada, he ran into a friend who had just finished his training with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and that inspired him to join.  He spent the next 32 years at different posting assignments in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and British Columbia. He retired in 2014 and moved home to Newfoundland.

This book is about being a mountie ... from the training to actual situations the author was involved in, some funny and others more serious, including a machete-wielding man named Burt who claimed to have killed his girlfriend and taunts the author to kill him.

I liked the writing style and found this book to be interesting.  It's fairly high level with just the right amount of detail for me.  I've always had respect for police officers and it was interesting to read about what it's like being one and what they have to go through on a daily basis.


Unknown said...

Thank you teena for your review

Jo said...

This sounds interesting. I've requested it through my library, so we will see if they can borrow it.

Thanks for the review!