James Goodwin joined the Metropolitan Police Force in 1951. "The Aylesbury Duck" provides a fascinating insight into his career and demonstrates how the Police Force has changed over the last 50 years - the uniform, the laws, the people, and even the crimes. Jim provides a retrospective, behind-the-scenes look at various practices that are less common today, such as the police boxes and the 'bobbies on the beat'. Although he willingly shares these memories with us, which make this an amusing and humorous read, Jim also portrays effectively the harsh reality of the job. He provides moving descriptions of some of the disturbing issues that the police deal with every day - accidental deaths, fires, suicides and murders. The reader will soon appreciate the courage and strength required by the men and women in the profession, both past and present, witnessing in their daily lives happenings that the average citizen can barely comprehend. This challenging but light-hearted work will prove essential reading for anyone interested in crime, sociology and history and reveals why we should never take the Police Force for granted.
Jim Goodwin was born in Aylesbury on the 2nd March 1930. He moved to Rochester in 1939 where he attended Sir Joseph Williamsons' Mathematical School up to the age of 18. Jim did his National Service in the Royal Signals and was a cipher mechanic at the Middle East Cipher School at El Ballah, in the Suez Canal zone. He became a clerk in the city of London and after six months, in 1952, joined the Metropolitan Police. He retired in 1972 on ill health grounds, with irreversible degenerative arthritis of the spine and the associated depression. He then worked as a financial consultant until he retired to Cyprus at the age of 65, where he now lives with his wife, Eleanor.