Today’s show takes us back to the Windy City, The City of Big Shoulders, yes, of course, I’m talking about the place of my birth and where I spent my youth, Chicago. Today we will be speaking with Retired Chief of Detectives of the Chicago Police Department, Eugene Roy.
Gene has over 40 years in various law-enforcement roles. He started his career as a dispatcher for the Illinois State Police and later became a narcotics investigator for an agency in another state. He returned to Chicago and joined the Chicago Police Department, rising from Police Officer to Chief of Detectives.
During his career with the CPD Gene has been involved in several high-profile cases through the years, ranging from the investigation of a major drug ring on the West Side, the shooting of 13 people–including a 3-year-old child in a Chicago Park, and the murder of a family of 6, including two grade-school-aged children, in their home.
Gene also has extensive experience in operations at major events, with an emphasis on Homeland Security. he led police operations during the 2005 White Sox Championship season and World Series. The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs selected him to participate in a Homeland Security/Counter-Terrorism Training Program in Israel, and he put that training to use by working with various government agencies to secure several high-profile events in the Chicago area.
Gene is a firm believer in the “Servant Leadership” and shares his experience at seminars on Wellness and Resiliency for First Responders and their families. He also serves as a volunteer Peer Support for an organization that provides defusing and debriefing services for First Responders in the Northern Illinois area.
In today’s episode, we discuss:
· How being a lifelong resident of Chicago helped him in his career as a Chicago Police Officer.
· How mentors in the Chicago Police Department helped guide him into a career with the CPD.
· His career trajectory with the CPD that started as a police officer and ended with him being the Chief of Detectives.
· His interest in investigations.
· Being in charge of high-profile cases, including mass casualty situations.
· Chief Roy’s work helping with other agencies with critical incident briefings.
All of this and more on today’s episode of the Cops and Writers podcast.
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