Mike Pannett was born in York and joined the Metropolitan Police in 1988. He became one of the youngest officers to be given his own patrol (in one of London’s toughest estates) and went on to serve on the Divisional Crime Squad, Murder Squad and TSG (Riot Police).
He transferred to North Yorkshire police in 1997 as he missed the countryside – and fly-fishing. He became a rural beat officer and eventually, a wildlife officer. Mike served nearly twenty years in the police, and was, during his service, one of the most highly commended officers in the country.
In 2005 he starred in the BBC’s Country Cops and was inspired to write about his life as a police officer in rural Yorkshire, producing five bestselling books:
Now Then, Lad: Tales of a Country Bobby (Constable, May 2008)
You’re Coming With Me, Lad (Hodder & Stoughton, April 2010)
Not On My Patch, Lad (Hodder & Stoughton, April 2011)
Just the Job, Lad (Hodder Paperbacks, April 2012)
Up Beat Down Dale: Life and Crimes in the Yorkshire Countryside (Hodder Paperbacks, Jun 2013)
Mike’s first book, Now Then, Lad was serialised in the Daily Mail and featured in Amazon’s 12 days of Christmas promotion. It stayed in the Top Ten of the biography section and Top 50 for all books for the month of December.
Mike’s books, published in trade paperback and mass-market paperback have gathered hundreds of five-star reviews on Amazon and have been enthusiastically received by reviewers, e.g. “Think 21st-century Heartbeat meets James Herriot with the occasional white-knuckle ride of The Sweeney throw in. All delivered with a Yorkshire twang,” The Telegraph.
Following the UK riots in 2011 Mike became a key spokesman on current policing issues in the UK, giving extensive interviews on national UK radio and television.
He lives with his wife Ann, who is still a serving police officer, and their three children in a small village in North Yorkshire.