Armed and Dangerous: Memoirs of a Chicago Policewoman

Armed and Dangerous: Memoirs of a Chicago Policewoman

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by Gina Gallo
     
 

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The critically acclaimed memoirs of one female police officer's sixteen-year odyssey, beginning with day one at the Police Academy and spanning assignments on Chicago's West Side, one of the most dangerous areas in the city.

The notorious cops' code of silence is broken as the author recounts incidents in the West Side projects: shoot-outs, ambushes, and what

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The critically acclaimed memoirs of one female police officer's sixteen-year odyssey, beginning with day one at the Police Academy and spanning assignments on Chicago's West Side, one of the most dangerous areas in the city.

The notorious cops' code of silence is broken as the author recounts incidents in the West Side projects: shoot-outs, ambushes, and what it feels like to kill a man—just four days out of the Academy.

The stories told are sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, often poignant, and always provide the reader with an on the scene feel for life behind the badge. Domestic violence, murdered spouses, abused children, and philandering CPD brass are just some of the topics addressed, topics that officer Gallo dealt with everyday.

From her work with gangs, narcotics, the gun task force, and acting as a prostitute, Gina Gallo offers a gritty account of the darker side of the city, giving readers an objective side to the cops, crooks, and victims that comprise a the police cops world.



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Kirkus Reviews
All the ugliness, danger, and misery of life as a big-city cop, told with perception, humor, and apparently without fear of reprisals by a 16-year veteran on the Chicago police force. Gallo joined up in 1982 because she needed a secure job to support her two children. Already a trained psychologist, she thought she'd be working as a therapist in the department's counseling center. She was wrong. After six months at the police academy, where brutality and humiliation were freely employed as teaching techniques and the most important law to be learned was "Cover Your Ass," and after six more months as a recruit (during which time she killed a man in a shootout), she was assigned to a beat. It was a tough West Side district replete with rundown housing projects, gangs, drug dealers, whores, and hustlers. Appalling domestic violence, heinous child and animal abuse, and encounters with lots of dead bodies and body parts were part of the daily routine in this savage world. Gallo also served in a plainclothes unit, where for a time the job required her to pose as a prostitute. Frank about the social failings of the citizens she was serving, the gutsy author is similarly forthright in describing the cops she worked with and for; along with the decent ones were cowards, liars, thieves, drug users, and gang members. She has much to say about attitudes toward and treatment of female cops, by both the public and policemen, and it's not pretty. Eventually she was teamed with a woman she respected and admired, but gunshot wounds forced her partner into early retirement. Gallo's own career on the force ended in 1998 when she too was badly injured. An utterly credible picture of what a big-citycop'slife is really like and of how being a cop affects thinking, beliefs, and behavior.

From the Publisher

“Gallo's streetwise memoir of policing Chicago's roughest neighborhood blends equal parts humor and regret. Gallo is at her best when straight forwardly detailing the earthly minutiae of ‘cop life' or casting about the emotional costs of being both witness and enforcer amidst the violence of the inner city.” —Publishers Weekly

“A taste of life as a big-city cop--complete with comedy, drama and heartbreak.” —The Chicago Tribune

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466838826
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
04/06/2002
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
369,619
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

A Chicago cop since 1982, Gina Gallo's career has taken her into the projects, the gang infested inner city, and to crime scenes most of us have only witnessed on the evening news. Her experience as a street cop, tactical officer, prostitution decoy and in a variety of other police units provide her with limitless fodder for her stories.


A Chicago cop since 1982, Gina Gallo's career has taken her into the projects, the gang infested inner city, and to crime scenes most of us have only witnessed on the evening news. Her experience as a street cop, tactical officer, prostitution decoy and in a variety of other police units provide her with limitless fodder for her stories.

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Armed and Dangerous: Memoirs of a Chicago Policewoman 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From her first day in the academy to adventures in the projects, this former Chicago police officer knows what is happening in the streets and has the gifted ability to convey this to her readers. It reads like a non-stop novel, but every word is true. She is a born writer. If you ever wanted to know what it is like to be a city cop, please read her story. Buy now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only just read this book. Very well done. I'll read her next one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I came upon this book in the Forensics section of my library where I was collecting an armful of books to study for class. What a great read - on of the best books I have come across in a long time. Gallo has a way with words, a way that puts you with her in the sqaud car, in the projects, during a shootout, and through an unforseen car accident. If you have any interest at all in police work, please read this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a female who wants to become a police officer, this book has helped me to understand what the streets are like for female cops. I have never read a book that had me laugh and cry and fill me with such emotions. Gina Gallo is a magnificant writer, and is an amazing role model for all of us who inspire to follow our dreams.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quite an eye opener to the brave women who serve the Chicago Police Department. Beautifully written. Honest.