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Bobby on the Beat

Memoirs of a London Policeman in the 1960s

Extent: 256pages

Size: 198x129mm

Publication Date: 03/10/2013

Price: £7.99

ISBN: 9781782431190

Categories: Autobiography & Memoir

About the Book

Bob Dixon spent years 'on the Beat' as a police constable in the Metropolitan Police Force in the early 1960s, witnessing all manner of incidents, from the serious to the ludicrous. Spending the majority of his time in London's infamous East End dealing with drunks, fatalities on the road, domestic disputes and even suicides, as well as policing at major public events such as Guy Fawkes night, New Year's Eve and anti-Vietnam War marches, life was colourful and varied, if not always safe.
Bobby on the Beat is the true memoir of a real-life London copper, charting Bob Dixon's experiences as a young police officer before he joined the CID. The book covers his life before joining the Force, his rigorous training, the vagaries of first patrolling the Beat, the numerous accounts, sad and funny, of crime fighting in the capital, the lighter side of policing and how he feels the police force has changed since the 60s. Offering unique insights into a world many of us do not feel comfortable entering, Bobby on the Beat uncovers what life is really like for those brave few who help keep our streets safe.


  • 'Packed with plenty of amusing anecdotes, it sheds light on life that now seems a world away', Best of British
  • 'Bob's recollections cover so many experiences; the good, the bad and the ugly. It is this variety that makes his memoir such an interesting read', Discover Your History