Already an award-winning, nationally published journalist, Daniel P. Smith left his second career as a high school English teacher behind in 2004 to pursue the writing life. Less than five months removed from the classroom and 23 years old, Smith teamed with Chicago-based Lake Claremont Press to write On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department, inspired by his roots in a Chicago Police family. Smith’s credits include the upcoming release of The Chicago Mercantile Exchange: Past, Present, and Futures (Write Stuff, 2007), as well as a comprehensive history of the Crown family, one of Chicago’s leading business and philanthropic families. In August 2007, he appeared on the History Channel's "Our Generation" series discussing the 1968 Democratic National Convention and Chicago Police response. He is presently working with photographer and fellow Chicagoan Brian Palm on a project sharing the stories and images of Chicago’s disappearing buildings. A 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was an accomplished track and field athlete, Smith lives in the city’s western suburbs with his wife Tina and dog Dublin.
He resides in cyberspace at onthejob-smith.blogspot.com.
Enter the closed-door society that is the Chicago Police Department in author Daniel P. Smith's presentation on departmental history, culture, and officers' lives.
The Story Behind the Blue
Hear compelling and heartfelt stories of life on the job and its effect on the soul
Encounter the CPD’s distinctive history and organization
Discover the pressures and cultural attitudes that make life on the job so unique
Learn about Chicago’s criminal landscape from The Outfit to modern street gangs
Author, journalist, and lifelong Chicagoan Daniel P. Smith guides readers into the closed-door society that is the Chicago Police Department. In a multi-media presentation complete with historical and contemporary photos, Smith shares never-before-told stories of the tolls the job exacts on the officers, their families, and their lives while interweaving a discussion of Chicago’s criminal landscape and police department culture. Smith, himself the product of a Chicago Police family, also discusses the personal experiences that led him to penning On the Job and the unique perspective he was able to achieve given his background.
The presentation, which always concludes with a question and answer session, will be tailored to meet the needs and wishes of a given audience and venue.