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Welcome to On Being a Cop...

This book was born several years ago as Jim Padar was considering retiring from his position as Operations Manager of Chicago’s 911 Center, after having served nearly 30 years as a Chicago police officer. At the same time, son Jay was hitting the streets of the city as a rookie cop. Like most new cops, arriving home after a midnight tour of duty, the residual adrenaline was not conducive to sleep, so he started writing emails to his dad, chronicling the night’s experiences. Dad read and smiled with pride and admiration—his son was capturing in writing, the wonder of being a new cop, but more than that, Jay wrote with soul and sensitivity seldom seen in police stories.

“Keep writing, son,” he emailed back. “For every story you write, I’ll write one.”

Thus began an exchange of several years. Point and counter point, laughter and tears, triumphs and tragedies, rookie and old man. And when they paused and put all the stories together, they thought it was good. More importantly, others told them it was much more than good and so a book was a natural outcome.

You will find fifty-three short stories covering over forty-five years of combined police experience; collective experiences as beat cops, special tactical assignments, homicide detective and supervisors. Jim’s stories tend to be a bit longer and Jay writes shorter staccato stories but no less intense or heartfelt, serving as perfect punctuation to his dad’s tales.

On Being a Cop…

Ride with father and son as they experience the unparalleled variety of police work in the City of Chicago. During their careers, they only rode together for one night, but you’ll be surprised at the similarity in their experiences over the years. True stories of laughing, crying and clinging to family, before and after moments of humor, loss and profound tragedy; the law enforcement stew.

On Being a Cop… Digital Version

Ride with father and son as they experience the unparalleled variety of police work in the City of Chicago. During their careers, they only rode together for one night, but you’ll be surprised at the similarity in their experiences over the years. True stories of laughing, crying and clinging to family, before and after moments of humor, loss and profound tragedy; the law enforcement stew.
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