Having had a grandfather and father on the Chicago Police Department made the choice of becoming a police officer relatively simply. Between the excitement of having a real profession and the prospect of following in the Casey footprint, the Chicago Police Department seemed a natural choice. I donned my recruit uniform in November,1977, at the age of twenty-five. After seventeen years of patrolman status, I was promoted to sergeant. As a supervisor I continued my learning and teaching for thirteen years of overseeing young men and women until 2008. I retired at the age of fifty-six after thirty years of a very wide variety of police work and assignments.
In 2002 I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Lewis University, and in 2005, I earned my Masters of Science degree, also from Lewis University. After a few months of relaxation I started my new career as an adjunct professor of Criminal Justice at Wilbur Wright College. I have been teaching there ever since..
Trading thoughts about my police experience led me to write a book of my memories. I did not want to bore people with the typical police style writings of shooting em ups. And seeing I was always a proponent of humor being a policeman’s best outlet for stress and pressure, I decided it was appropriate of me, to write a very different genre of police book. My compilation of short stories is based on the humorous side of police work. Mainly I detail accounts that rarely make their way to the public’s ear. Honesty is also a base for many memories, stories that were too raw or considered too embarrassing for the everyday reader.
Please enjoy my thirty years of vaudeville.
March 29, 2016 at 1:10 pm
The book is finally available in soft and hard cover on line. I had to rewrite the book to satisfy the legal people. I am now know as Murphy. I also included thirty more stories in the revised edition. I hope you enjoy every story.
February 20, 2017 at 10:14 pm
Tell us why ‘the legal people’ required you to use the name Murphy.
March 23, 2017 at 1:11 pm
Jim, the publisher’s attorneys did want any uninvited lawsuits. They determined that a book of fiction with a fictional character would deter that. Also, I had to protect the identities of those individuals still working, particularly watch commanders and district commanders.
March 11, 2017 at 11:02 pm
Hi Larry Congratulations on the book and for all of your help when I was an assistant principal at Schurz😍
March 23, 2017 at 1:07 pm
Hi Mary. Great to hear from you. I think of you and Dr. Bender often. You two were the Batman and Robin of education. I hope you are doing well.
April 23, 2017 at 11:58 pm
Hi Mary. I’m sorry not to get back to you sooner, but I don’t what I’m doing on this blog thing. I’m doing great. I hope all is well with you. i miss our coffee days. You and Dr. Bender were the Batman and Robin of education. Stay well Mary.
July 15, 2017 at 8:36 pm
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October 12, 2018 at 12:55 am
Book is great!! Crim. Just. prof. at Wright College Joe McMahon made great choice by assigning us stories from the book for tests.
August 28, 2019 at 3:17 am
Hi Larry.. Great job on your book and adventures
August 28, 2019 at 12:25 pm
Thanks Terry. I hope your enjoying retirement as much as I am. Stay well.
August 28, 2019 at 12:26 pm
Thanks Terry. I hope all is well and you’re enjoying retirement as much as I am. Stay safe my friend.