How an injury on duty led to author Gerry Stewart publishing his first book
He left Cumbria Constabulary in 2001 when the injury he sustained on duty meant he could no longer carry out his policing duties. As well as dealing with the career he loved coming to an end, he was also facing surgery.
It was during his recovery from surgery that Gerry developed an interest in history, particularly military history, and signed up to do a degree with the Open University. When he was back on his feet he also did some voluntary work with Witness Support at his local Crown Court and studied for a diploma in person-centred counselling. Having got back into the swing of the paperwork he decided to put pen to paper in a different format.
Gerry said: I was keen to write a crime novel which also incorporated what I knew about policing in the US. Because of my injury in duty I could identify with people who had come off worse, who were victims. I think most people who join the police do so to make a difference to the victims but officers are not getting the chance to interact or spend much time with victims.
Credible Justice is about a team of covert officers and agents from the US who try to take the streets back from drug suppliers. They are handpicked from the police service in the UK and the US to make communities safer. Their involvement soon makes waves in unexpected places.
You can order the book and buy the Kindle version via Amazon and the profits are being split between the Police Dependants’ Trust and the Chiari Warriors organisation.
As Gerry explains, this is the first book in what will be a series: “This book sets the scene and the series will last as long as my imagination and my sources allow. It’s dedicated to police officers around the world, so many of whom feel undervalued, but it will be an eye opener for the public too. I want to remind people why officers join; most are committed and hard-working and the few who err give the rest a bad name.”