Policing the Fringe: The Curious Life of a Small-Town Mountie by Charles Scheideman (Paperback, 2009)
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- DescriptionFrom the 1960s through the 1980s, RCMP Sergeant Charlie Scheideman spent much of his time patrolling the dark corners of the Interior of British Columbia where the citizens would meet the modern criteria for redneck: if their veranda collapsed it would kill more than four dogs; they think 'harass' is two words, and so on . Such places weren't much fun to police but they were full of characters, many of whom make their way into Charlie's entertaining book, Policing the Fringe . We meet Walter and Wilbur, two Hixon hillbillies who went on a bender and decided it would be fun to stagger out onto the Cariboo Highway with a rifle and hold up passing cars, which worked well eugh until they held up a motorhome from Alaska that turned out to be better armed than they were. We meet Petre, the hard-working hermit who was cheated out of his savings by three slick-talking mining promoters and waited to take his revenge -- with an axe. With wry humour and a policeman's eye for relevant detail, Scheideman recounts events that range from the ridiculous to the horrific to the tragic. Once he stopped a car in the Fraser Canyon driven by three rmally responsible American fishermen, who on this occasion were careening wildly from one guard rail to ather. Their defence? They had failed to allow for the added kick of Canadian beer. His most searing memory was of waiting for the embers of a burned house to cool eugh so he could retrieve the bodies of two small victims while in a nearby house, party-goers kept right on partying. One of the most revealing accounts ever written about policing in small-town Canada, this book bristles with unforgettable stories about the author's 27 years working on the RCMP's front lines. It will give readers new respect for the men and women who patrol Canada's backroads -- both because of the extremely taxing work they do and the good spirit with which they do it.
- Author BiographyCharles Scheideman grew up on a farm near Stony Plain, Alberta and joined the RCMP when he was 21, serving in seven different communities in rural British Columbia. After leaving the force in 1989, he worked for the British Columbia government in Victoria, BC, where he still lives with his wife, Patricia.
- Author(s)Charles Scheideman
- PublisherHarbour Publishing
- Date of Publication01/06/2009
- SubjectSocial Issues, Services & Welfare
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintHarbour Publishing
- Content Noteb/w photos
- Weight420 g
- Width215 mm
- Height140 mm
- Spine23 mm
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