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John M. Wills “was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. After spending two years in the Army, he returned home to join the Chicago Police Department. During his 12 years on the force he received numerous awards and commendations, including the Award of Valor and The Blue Star Award.

John left the Department to become an FBI Special Agent, and was assigned to Chicago, Alexandria, Detroit, Houston, and the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA. He taught street survival to in-service and new agents, as well as internationally, to police in Budapest, Moscow, and Tashkent. He worked undercover for 2 ½ years in the Bureau’s first ever steroid investigation entitled, “Operation Equine.”

John has published dozens of articles on officer survival, training, and ethics, in print magazines and online with “Officer.com,” “LawOfficer.com,” and “New American Truth.” He is a member of the Public Safety Writers Association, The International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers, Association, The Virginia Writers Club, Riverside Writers, and the FBI National Academy Associates (175th Session).

John owns his own business, LivSafe, delivering presentations on “Situational Awareness” to schools, churches, and civic groups.

He is an authorized NCAA speaker on steroids and drugs, and can also be found working as a Personal Trainer at AnyTime Fitness.”  John M. Wills is the author of Chicago Warriors Midnight Battles in the Windy City, Gripped by Fear and Targeted.


According to the book description of Chicago Warriors Midnight Battles in the Windy City, “Chicago Police Officer Pete Shannon’s life is about to take a dramatic turn. His wife has a dark secret that she’s about to reveal to him; his partner’s life is about to be in jeopardy, and worst of all one of his own colleagues will present him with one of the biggest challenges of his life. Pete’s strength, both physical and spiritual, will be put to the test as he and his partner work the “graveyard shift” on the mean streets of the “Windy City.”


Fellow officer Marilyn Benson doesn't realize it yet, but her life is about to change in ways that she could have never imagined. Forces of good and evil will do battle for her soul and her faith, both of which have lain dormant for many years. It's an issue that she can no longer ignore. St. Michael the Archangel, patron saint of police officers, is about to engage in his biggest clash since throwing Satan out of Heaven.”


According to the book description of Gripped by Fear, “Pete Shannon and Marilyn Benson find themselves working their biggest case yet in their new role as Chicago Police Detectives. In this second book of the Chicago Warrior Thriller Series, a madman has inexplicably targeted women who labor as office cleaners in downtown Chicago, sexually assaulting them as they travel to and from their job.


As the number of victims begins to mount, the two investigators are pressured by their boss to solve this horrendous crime pattern. Local community organizations soon stage protest rallies at City Hall, convincing the media that the city has become “gripped by fear” as a result of the rapes. The Mayor demands quick action by the Police Superintendent to end this reign of terror. The heat is on, as summer in Chicago begins to sizzle, forcing the two detectives to put their lives on the line as they attempt to capture this demon of the darkness. In the midst of it all, Marilyn learns some disturbing news that forces her to choose between her loyalty to Pete and the man she loves....and in the dramatic climax.”


According to the book description of Targeted, “Chicago Police Detectives Pete Shannon and Marilyn Benson are thrust into a homicide investigation, taking them away from the Violent Crimes Unit where they are normally assigned. A crazed gunman has been targeting cops, killing them for no apparent reason, other than for his own deranged satisfaction. The duo find themselves teamed with a pair of tough talking, abrasive, seasoned cops who do their best to interfere with the young detectives at every juncture, making their lives miserable. The hunt for the serial killer becomes a life-altering experience for the partners as they face individual challenges that threaten to destroy them.”


One reader of Targeted said, “a Christian thriller by John M. Wills, is the third in the Chicago Warrior Thriller series. It weaves together two different threads. John M. Wills has written about a subject he knows well. He's spent 35 years in law enforcement, receiving two of the highest awards given for valor by the Chicago Police Department. He's also been an FBI agent. With all his experience, he gives the reader an insider's look into the police force and the lives of those who work there. Shannon and Benson are portrayed as real people, with their own lives and problems, foibles and blessings. And even in the toughest of situations, they have their faith.

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One reader of Gripped by Fear said, “Once again John Wills captures the reader's attention in his second novel in the Chicago Warriors Thriller Series, Gripped by Fear. Wills illustrates the daily struggles officers face while trying to keep the peace in a world of good and evil. He addresses crime, relationships, and life threatening illness, as well as the difficult choices today's law enforcement officers must make. His unique spiritual warfare approach to crime and life on the streets cannot help but touch and change the lives of those who read it.”

Mike Angley the award-winning author of the Child Finder Trilogy said of Gripped by Fear, “Once again John Wills hits it out of the park...a grand slam story just in time for Christmas! Gripped by Fear will leave you gripped by faith. John needs to issue a box of Kleenex with each book he writes. The characters are so moving, the sense of genuine evil in the world is so palpable, and the heroes will make you cheer not just for them, but for the loving God who guides them.”

Police Chaplain Dean C. Kavouras said of Gripped by Fear, “the public would be very surprised to learn that many police officers are deeply religious people. I know it as a police chaplain, and now John Wills makes it known to the public. When you face what these officers face every day you can become hard and cold, or you can interpret the job through Christian faith which provides answers and supreme comfort for stricken souls. People who like this genre will enjoy the book, and every police officer who reads it will benefit as well. It will confirm that what he believes is shared by many others, and will teach him how such faith can strengthen and consol him in his God-given vocation. The story line stands on its own, but the book will also give the public a new insight to these otherwise very private people.”

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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.

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