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Crime Scenes
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Armed and Dangerous : Memoirs of a Chicago Policewoman (Illinois)
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My first : An article from: WomenPolice
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It can't happen here--can it? : An article from: Law & Order
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About the Chicago Police Department

On January 31, 1835, the State of Illinois authorized the Town of Chicago to establish its own police force.  On August 15, Orsemus Morrison is elected Chicago's first constable, assisted by Constables Luther Nichols and John Shrigley. The three-man police force serves and protects a population of about 3,200. The Police Department pre-dates Chicago as a city.


Today, the Chicago Police Department is the second largest in the United States, serving approximately 2.9 million residents within the 228 square miles that constitutes the City of Chicago.  The Chicago Police Department had, at the end of 2005, 13,323 sworn police officers and over 2,000 civilian personnel.


The Chicago Police Department is divided into 25 police districts.  Each district has between 9 and 15 police beats, with a total 281 beats throughout the city of Chicago. Each of the 25 police districts is led by a district commander who, in addition to uniformed police officers, has teams of undercover tactical and gang police officers at his or her disposal.  The Chicago Police Department Districts are organized into five larger organization entities called Areas.  These area commanders report to the Bureau of Patrol.


In addition to the Bureau of Patrol, the Chicago Police Department has four other bureaus: Bureau of Investigative Services; Bureau of Strategic Deployment; Bureau of Crime Strategy and Accountability; and, the Bureau of Administrative services.  Instead of a Chief of Police, the Chicago Police Department has a Superintendent of Police; and, the Bureau commanders hold the rank of Deputy Superintendent.

Gina Gallo is a former Chicago Police Department police officer.  According to her website, “You've seen it before. Usually on the evening news film clip where yet another heinous crime has just been committed; possibly in your nightmares. Those dark gritty streets where danger lurks in every shadow are the same that Chicago cop Gina Gallo has patrolled since 1982. She learned her night moves on the city's tough West Side where gangs rule, narcotics and guns dominate the street economy, and violent crimes are always just a shriek away.


With a fresh voice and unflinchingly honest perspective, this cop-turned-author delivers the real deal - blistering stories of life on those tough streets. Whether told from her cop's-eye view, or that of the victims and criminals she encountered, Gina Gallo’s stories are sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes hilarious, always unforgettable.

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