Promotional Version

The Rules of Modern Policing: 1973 Edition was a promotional pamphlet released in 2007 to coincide with the premiere of the second series of Life on Mars on BBC One. It presents the brutal rules of the British police in 1973 that were considered normal from the amusing but occasionally serious perspective of DCI Gene Hunt. It was supposedly issued to DC Chris Skelton and has some of his "notes" (mostly unattributed phone numbers) in it. The same year it was released, it was adapted as a 128 page factual book by Guy Adams and produced through Bantam Press, who also published its sequel, The Future of Modern Policing. The book achieved number one best-seller status.

Introduction[edit | edit source]

Sit down, shut up, and pay attention.

The Powers that be - recognising a genius copper when they see one - have asked me to lay down the basic rules I teach my division to keep the soft sacks out of trouble and on the ball.

Modern policing is a tricky business and it takes more than they teach you at plod school to do the job. It's dangerous. Being a copper these days is like brushing a lion's teeth with your tadger... risky and only for those with balls of steel.

Like me.

So read...learn...and, if you're lucky, some of it might rub off.

DCI Gene Hunt

Spring, 1973

Bantam Press Version

Modern Policing series

The Rules of Modern Policing (2007)
The Future of Modern Policing (2008)
The Wit and Wisdom of Gene Hunt (2009)

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