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On Being a Cop

Father & Son Police Tales from the Streets of Chicago

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Ever Wonder What It’s Like to Be a Cop?

Father and son, Jim and Jay Padar, know well what it’s like. Both have served as Chicago police officers with over fifty years of combined experience between them.

On Being a Cop describe the adrenaline-pumping, heart-pounding moments of their life-and-death experiences fighting crime, the emotional toll that the job takes upon them and their families, the value of a support system that includes chaplains, partners, and the public, and the moments that make doing the job all worthwhile.

Fifty-three stories capture every aspect of a police career from being a rookie to working the graveyard shift, chasing criminals, playing fireman, visiting the morgue, and investigating heinous crimes. Whether it’s Jim dealing with riots in Chicago’s streets following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination or Jay coping with the loss of officer’s close to him to suicide, readers will experience the tears, tragedies, and triumphs of being a police officer. In these pages, wrongs will be righted, lives saved, hearts broken, and friends, family, fatherhood, and faith will give these men the strength to go out and do it all over again the next day.

So climb into the blue and white squad car, buckle your seatbelt, and see life on the streets of Chicago from a cop’s eyes.

Customer Reviews


This book is perfect for those questioning if they want a profession and lifestyle of a Police Officer. There is a lot of insight on what it takes to be a Police Officer and a bit of what you can expect to come with a profession in law enforcement. If you are like me and get excited and feel for some of these stories then you are probably working in becoming a LEO. You will think to yourself, "I can't wait to be in that position." or, "how would I have handled that situation." This book has only shown me that becoming part of the CPD is my calling. Nothing more that I want than to be protecting and serving my city.

Great read

Very well written. Shines light on the folks who don the uniform daily, attempting to balance the good and evil present in this world.

On Being a Cop
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  • $4.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Biographies & Memoirs
  • Published: Dec 02, 2013
  • Publisher: BookBaby
  • Seller: BookBaby
  • Print Length: 316 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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