I Am A former undercover detective with The Serious Crime Squad in Glasgow, UK, and have over 40 years of experience in the police force. Ask Me Anything!
FINAL UPDATE: Whew, what a day. Sorry to anyone who's questions I didn't get to, but I need some sleep.
I want to thank you all again for the overwhelmingly positive response. I know tensions are high in this climate and hopefully you'll have gained some insight into what it was like to do this job - at least from my own experience.
I also want to thank anyone again who's sent good luck wishes for my book. I hope that most of you didn't assume this to be simply a cash grab or self-promotion, as I have truly enjoyed just interacting with you all. These are difficult days and it's been a heartwarming surprise to see comments from those who decided to place an order.
Stay safe, everyone. Goodnight.
UPDATE: Alright everyone, there have been some fantastic questions asked and I'm having a ball. I'm glad so many people were interested. Sadly I have to head out soon as we've went over the 3 hour mark.
I'll answer all the questions that haven't been answered yet, over the few hours or so. But I have to wrap this up now.
Thanks for the great questions, well wishes for the launch, and interest in my memoir. If you didn't get a chance to ask something you can always pop in to the livestream on the 7th to ask it. I might even come back and do another one of these in the weeks following.
P.S. to all the commenters asking about a Funny or Not-So-Serious crime squad, I think you've found your colleagues!
This is Simon McLean, signing off.
I was born in the 50s in Glasgow and spent the early years of my police career across the Highlands and Isles of Scotland.
In short order I joined the elite Serious Crime Squad, first as a murder detective, and ultimately an accomplished surveillance expert. I’ve seen the limits of the law stretched and fire fighting with fire. I’ve seen it all: armed fugitives, gangsters, paedophiles.
I still consult and train in the field today, as well as coaching a football team - albeit a walking one!
I’m coming here to get a bit of practice in before the launch of my memoir, The Ten Percent, as it’s going to have an audience Q&A element to it. It’s a glimpse into the dark and dirty aspects of police work as well as a (hopefully) entertaining account of my life. It’s dedicated to my late daughter, Louise.
For proof, why not a bit of shameless self promotion! Here’s the link to my publisher’s site where you can pre-order the book, and the link to the launch’s Eventbrite page. It’s free, so why not join in if it strikes your fancy.
Oh, and here's me: https://imgur.com/a/c3CeDTp
Full disclosure, I don't know how to work Reddit so I'm having a helper post these answers for me, but she'll be copying me word-for-word.
Go on then, ask me something!