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On the Job by Daniel Smith

Non Fiction


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 women--mothers and fathers, realists and idealists, cynics and consolers--who don the Chicago Police star.

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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.


Award-winning journalist Daniel P. Smith is the author of A Tradition of Brotherhood: 150 Years at Saint Patrick High School as well as On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department.

A noted speaker, Smith has appeared on WGN-TV, Chicago Public Radio, Fox News, WGN Radio and the History Channel. A 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was also an accomplished track and field athlete, Smith lives in Chicago with his wife, Tina, and dog, Dublin.