Joe Noonan's 10 years in the Victoria Police culminated in being seconded onto the Investigation Team for the double slaying of two young policemen in Walsh Street South Yarra. The 1980s in Victoria were some of the most tumultuous years in Australia's policing history. These stories give a vivid insight into the mind of a most different sort of crime fighter. A straight shooter who doesnt pull any punches and takes more than his fair share. His humour is at times irreverent and almost always self-deprecating but provides a front seat to some of the most dangerous and confronting stories you have read. His real-life description of both events and those involved create a channel to the past without losing any relevance to the present. His uniform years are peppered with some of the most hilarious, tragic and confronting stories of his life on the front line. His rapid rise to detective opened up new levels of danger, controversy and unbelievable tales of policing. Being in the thick of numerous police shootings including Jedd Houghton and Gary Abdullah, living through the aftermath of the Graeme Jensen shooting and life within the Walsh Street Task Force into the reprisal shootings of Constable Tynan and Eyre, Joe Noonan tells his story like none before.
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18 February 2021
Introduction; The Walsh Street Police Murders; The Task Force is Born; The Academy; My First Uniform Station; The Duty Officer Driver; Run, The Transvestites Got a Comb!; St Kilda Police Force; If Youre Lost Ask a Hooker; Police Versus Mad Dog and Max; Donald Hatherley Tries to Shoot Me; Escape of the dead man; The Overdose; Shift from Hell; The Death of Constable Neil Clinch; The Major Crime Squad; Australias Most Wanted Versus the Armed Robbery Squad; Graeme Jensen Versus the Armed Robbery Squad; The Politics of Task Force; Let Me Tell the Story of a Man Named Jedd; The Gary Abdullah Shooting; Airforce One; The Rental Car Fiasco; Witness Protection; The Witness Needs Romance; Life After Walsh Street; Fast Forward to Today.
Reviews for Breaking Ranks
An absolute page turner giving great insight and context to a tumultuous time in Victoria Police history. War stories told in a way that make you feel youre in the room sharing riveting yarns, laughs and awe inspiring anecdotes with mates over a few frothies! I absolutely loved reading these accounts from a bygone era and told in such a riveting way. A great read and highly recommended. -- Senior Constable Zorb Safak, Mildura Police Station