POLICEWOMAN by Dorothy Uhnak


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Probably the most appealing facet of the author's personality as it comes through in this career-centered autobiography is the way in which her ideals managed to stay unclouded and unshaken when buffeted by raw reality. She joined the New York City Police force as a young married woman. After police training school, her assignments took her from women's prison matron, to decoying in dangerous captures of thieves and muggers; she was a planted spy in a bizarre abortion ring cum fortune telling racket and her courage earned her decoration and recognition. Mrs. Uhnak is not a practiced writer but she has a talent for brevity and uses her storytelling instinct to advantage. The day to day scenes of grinding degradation are the ones that are more affecting than the flamboyant cases. Her point is the necessary role of the police in society and she makes it; a secondary, but important one is the function of women on a police force and how the job can affect the woman-- her book is proof that this need not be a brutalizing process.

Pub Date: Jan. 30th, 1963
Publisher: Simon & Schuster