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Thomas E. Krupowicz is a retired Chicago Police officer with over 33 years on the job. He was an expert in Latent Fingerprint work and supervised of the Latent Print Unit for 12 years. Thomas E. Krupowicz is the author of Murder In The Fourth Dimension; Death Danced at the Boulevard Ballroom; First Line Defense; The Lincoln Dollars; Dead Men Don't Drink Vodka; and, Fingerprints: Innocence or Guilt: The Identity Factors.

According to the book description of Fingerprints: Innocence or Guilt: The Identity Factors, “This book's purpose is to help technicians to become latent print examiners and also to be used as a reference guide as an aid in the forensic sciences for lawyers and all law enforcement officials. The book describes all facets of fingerprint terminology, questions that are often asked about the science, and photos to help the reader to understand the science.”

According to the book description of Dead Men Don't Drink Vodka, “This book is a collection of short stories that will satisfy every reader's taste--whether it be in drama, humor, suspense, horror, or intrigue. The reader is in for a literary treat.”

According to the book description of The Lincoln Dollars, “Jacob Ball was a Civil War veteran and a recipient of the Medal of Honor. While Ball is in Washington, D.C. to accept the Medal, President Lincoln is assassinated. Jacob decides to travel west with his family to find a better life. Driven to hardship by several family tragedies, he decides to take his family back home to Iowa. When he gets lost in the desert, Jacob discovers a treasure cache. A diary kept by his wife list small clues as to the treasure's location.  Don Vincenso Fracci, a violent leader in the Torgosa Crime Family in New York, was now retired. He acquires the diary and makes his remaining years a quest to find the treasure.”

According to the book description of Murder In The Fourth Dimension, “After a near death experience, unbelievable secrets are revealed to Chicago Police Officer Russell T. Wyer. His supervisors believe he is having a nervous breakdown, and suspend him. Russ must prove that his vision was real and come to terms with his feelings for his partner, Iris Cobb, the mother of two young children.”

According to the book description of Death Danced at the Boulevard Ballroom, “This is a book about murder, cunning and deceit, with a surprise ending. This novel is based on a true story about a cop killer and how he almost got away.”

According to the book description of First Line Defense, “The trials and tribulations of four men who befriend each other as they toil through their studies in the police academy and are later joined together on assignments at various police districts.”

Fingerprints: Innocence or Guilt: The Identity Factors
Thomas E. Krupowicz  More Info

Dead Men Don't Drink Vodka
Thomas E Krupowicz  More Info

The Lincoln Dollars
Thomas E. Krupowicz  More Info

First Line Defense
Thomas E. Krupowicz  More Info

Death Danced at the Boulevard Ballroom
Thomas E Krupowicz  More Info

Murder In The Fourth Dimension
Thomas E. Krupowicz  More Info

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.

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