Armed and Dangerous
For the purpose of this class, you asked us to read the book Armed and Dangerous: Memoirs of a Chicago Policewoman by Gina Gallo. I’ll be honest and admit that at first the book didn’t sound all too appealing, but it turned out to be an interesting and enjoyable read. Many of the chapters were highly interesting, taking an inside look at the duties of a Chicago police officer. Chapters dealt with illegal drugs, shady characters, brutal crimes, and other situations that police are part of every day. Gallo’s recollection of events is far more dramatic that that of other officers, but that is probably why the book was so enjoyable. Throughout the book the author takes readers on a roller coaster ride of emotion while she portrays the life of a police woman and recounts some of her days while working in the Chicago Police Department. Mrs. Gallo captured the art of telling cop stories as only one who has been in those situations can. She manages to place you in the middle of the scene and by doing so, the book provides a compelling glimpse at inner city policing. The book chronicles Gallo’s 16 years of service with the Chicago Police Department, starting with her grueling training days in the academy all the way until her career was ended in an on duty event that almost killed her. The daughter of a Chicago police officers, Gallo received a master’s degree in psychology, but financial obligations forced her into policing. Intending to work as a police therapist, she was shocked when she was assigned to the Chicago patrol division. I found it interesting that throughout the book Gallo often makes mention of uniqueness of female cops in the force. She talked about how male officers would sometimes look down upon her because she was a female and other times use it to their advantage during domestic calls and other situations. Those same feminine qualities that she was looked down upon for, actually benefitted her in the...
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