Inspired by his family's roots as Chicago Police members, award-winning journalist Daniel P. Smith draws the curtain to reveal the officers of the Chicago Police Department and their personal stories. Whether on the frontlines of a bloody battle over gangland turf or at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, from officers who battle personal demons to those who celebrate the adrenaline of the chase, this resource peers into a world of individuals trying to simultaneously balance work demands with the needs of their own private lives. Far from the imaginative portrayals sprouting from American television, the honest and sincere stories shared in the book are of those who carry the Chicago Police star alongside their life’s ambitions, responsibilities, and realities.
The police stars, CPD clothes, and cop cars we see every day.
The Chicago Police Department is a mythical and legendary law enforcement unit as well as a closed-door society. In On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department, Daniel P. Smith draws the curtain to reveal the officers and their personal stories. Smith, an award-winning journalist and the product of a Chicago Police family, explores the work/life juxtaposition of the men and wome--mothers and fathers, realists and idealists, cynics and consolers--who don the Chicago Police star.
From officers on the frontlines of a bloody battle over gangland turf to those at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, from those who battle personal demons to those who celebrate the adrenaline of the chase, On the Job peers into a world of individuals trying to simultaneously balance work demands with the demands of their own private lives. Far from the imaginative portrayals sprouting from American televisions, On the Job shares the honest and sincere stories of those who carry the Chicago Police star alongside their life's ambitions, responsibilities, and realities.
It's the hearts, scars, and families behind the uniform we never see.
|Publisher:||Lake Claremont Press|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Table of ContentsRoll Call 1
The Chicago Way: Police Work in the Urban Landscape 5
Imagination Meets Reality: Officer Brian Spreng 17
Frontlines: Officer Dave Kumiega 23
Shots Fired: Detective Miguel Rios 29
Stepping Stones: Officer C.K. Rojas 37
Leaving the Job Behind: Former Officer Art Hannus 45
Travels: The Journey of the Chicago Police 51
Evolution: Retired Officer John O'Shea 69
Walkin' Pete: Retired Sergeant Bill Jaconetti 79
Different Worlds: Former Deputy Superintendent Joe DeLopez 87
Uncle Willie: Retired Officer William Calabrese 95
Who Are We? Organization and Culture of the Chicago Police Department 101
All I Ever Wanted to Be: Retired Lieutenant Cindy Pontoriero 115
Inviting Crime: Officer Rick King 123
The Mayor of O'Hare: Retired Officer George Salituro 129
Send in the Dogs: Officer Bob Rawa 137
Sharing the Job: Detective John Folino Jr. 143
Police Work, the Person, the Life, and the Spirit 149
Separate Worlds: Sergeant Beth Russell 161
Twelve Steps to a Better Cop: Detective Jim Rohrlack 169
A Black and White Issue: Sergeant JoeBarnes Jr. 175
Faith: Detective Mike Cummins 183
Meaningful Work: Father Tom Nangle, CPD Chaplain 191
Last Call 197
About the Author 213