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.
William O’Shea began his public service career in 1968 when, as a Chicago
Police Cadet, he was assigned to the infamous Democratic National Convention. In the ensuing decades as a Chicago Police Officer
he had many adventures, some of which are chronicled in his first novel, THE FOOT POST.
In 1992 Bill moved to southern Illinois with his wife, Susan, and established
a detective agency under his private investigator’s license. In recent years Bill has been active as a Court Appointed
Special Advocate, working with children who find themselves mired in the court system. His experiences as a CASA volunteer
moved him to write THE ADVOCATE and create the advocacy project.
Bill is now a relentless advocate
for the rights of abused and
sexually exploited children and
fears that it will be a life long
His according to his latest book,
Brown's Home for Boys, "The 1960's
were a turbulent time in our
history. Our leaders were
assassinated, America was bogged
down in Vietnam, casualty numbers
fought for space with Anti-War and
Civil Rights movements on the front
pages of every newspaper and for
the lead story on the nightly news
programs. Concurrently, while the
world was distracted by these
problems, the monsters who preyed
on children thrived. Even if they
were caught, there was practically
no prosecution of these predators.
Their crimes against innocent
children were called "Fondling" or
at worst "Molestation", those who
were charged were given probation.
In the Catholic Church, across
the globe, pedophile priests also
thrived. They operated with
impunity. If they were caught
their evil deeds were covered up
by a Church that was afraid of
public scrutiny and the predators
would be transferred to another
parish, where nobody knew of
their crimes and there was also a
new flock of children for them to
Even when a priest behaved so
outrageously that it became
common knowledge that he was a
child predator the police were
never involved, rather he would
be sent to a retreat in the South
West where he would be treated
and released back into the world
like a vampire risen. These
monsters weren't hiding under the
bed, they were bold in their
behaviors, and since everything
was covered up they were above
This predatory behavior by clergy
didn't start in the 1960's, but
it reached new heights then with
all the other evils that plagued
the world. Like other evil men
throughout history these predator
priests must have thought that
God was on their side. He was
not. In fact God had champions
who conquered evil every day.
These men would be held
accountable for their sins,
regardless of who they were.