Armed and Dangerous: Memoirs of a Chicago Policewoman

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Macmillan, Apr 6, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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The critically acclaimed memoirs of one female police officer's sixteen-year odyssey, beginning with day one at the Police Academy and spanning assignments on Chicago's West Side, one of the most dangerous areas in the city.

The notorious cops' code of silence is broken as the author recounts incidents in the West Side projects: shoot-outs, ambushes, and what it feels like to kill a man—just four days out of the Academy.

The stories told are sometimes tragic, sometimes funny, often poignant, and always provide the reader with an on the scene feel for life behind the badge. Domestic violence, murdered spouses, abused children, and philandering CPD brass are just some of the topics addressed, topics that officer Gallo dealt with everyday.

From her work with gangs, narcotics, the gun task force, and acting as a prostitute, Gina Gallo offers a gritty account of the darker side of the city, giving readers an objective side to the cops, crooks, and victims that comprise a the police cops world.

 

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User Review  - stacy_chambers - LibraryThing

A fine book to read if you want to know about the cop's life - especially those in Chicago. I was left admiring them and yet wanting to avoid them. You never know whether you're dealing with a good ... Read full review

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Interesting book that is a collection of anecdotes arranged loosely by topic and chronologically, from being a rookie, to being on patrol in a dangerous neighborhood, to being one of the first women ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
9
Twenty Years of Vaudeville and a Pension
21
How to Build a Cop
27
Green in Blue
43
The End of Innocence
55
First Blood
67
Street Protocol
77
Love Hurts
89
Whats a Nice Girl Like You ?
203
Adrenaline Junkies
213
FullMoon Fever
221
Stars in Bars
229
COPulation
237
Trick or Treat Fuck My Feet
249
Scratch n Sniff
263
The Whiz Quiz
275

Another Day at the Salt Mine
103
Suffer the Children
115
Animal Attraction
127
Wholly Holy
137
Babes in Gangland
149
Wagon Ho
161
Live from DeadEnd Street
177
Changes
185
Partners
193
Vertical Patrol
281
Reflections in a Silver Star
293
Dogs and Standup Guys
299
Brass Monkeys
311
Burnout
321
One for the Road
327
Epilogue
333
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About the author (2002)

A Chicago cop since 1982, Gina Gallo's career has taken her into the projects, the gang infested inner city, and to crime scenes most of us have only witnessed on the evening news. Her experience as a street cop, tactical officer, prostitution decoy and in a variety of other police units provide her with limitless fodder for her stories.

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