Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book


Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Daniel P. Smith  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult; Adult;

Born: 1980 in Chicago


-- Website -- http://www.onthejob-smith.blogspot.com
-- Daniel P. Smith on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=daniel+p.+smith


Illinois Connection

Smith is a native Chicagoan. He lives in Woodridge and is a 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Daniel P. Smith is an award-winning, nationally published journalist and noted speaker. He left his second career as a high school English teacher in 2004 to pursue writing. Less than five months later, Smith teamed with Chicago-based Lake Claremont Press to write ''On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department.'' The book was inspired by his roots in a Chicago Police family. 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. Smith has also appeared on WGN-TV, Chicago Public Radio, Fox News and WGN Radio. His byline has appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times, Catholic New World, USA Cycling, and host of other publications. A 2003 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was an accomplished track and field athlete, Smith lives in the Chicago with his wife and daughter.


Published Works Expand for more information


Titles At Your Library

On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department
ISBN: 1893121127

Lake Claremont Press. 2008

Inspired by his family's

roots

as Chicago Police members, award-winning journalist Daniel P. Smith draws the curtain to reveal the officers of the Chicago Police Department and their personal stories.

Whether on the frontlines of a bloody battle over gangland turf

or at the 1968 Democratic National Convention,

from officers

who battle personal demons

to those who celebrate the adrenaline of the chase,

this resource

peers into a world of individuals trying to simultaneously balance work demands with the needs of their own private lives. Far from the imaginative portrayals sprouting from American

television,

the honest and sincere stories shared in the book are of those who carry the Chicago Police star alongside their life’s ambitions, responsibilities, and realities.

The police stars, CPD clothes, and cop cars we see every day.

The Chicago Police Department is a mythical and legendary law enforcement unit as well as a closed-door society. In On the Job: Behind the Stars of the Chicago Police Department, Daniel P. Smith draws the curtain to reveal the officers and their personal stories. Smith, an award-winning journalist and the product of a Chicago Police family, explores the work/life juxtaposition of the men and wome--mothers and fathers, realists and idealists, cynics and consolers--who don the Chicago Police star.

From officers on the frontlines of a bloody battle over gangland turf to those at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, from those who battle personal demons to those who celebrate the adrenaline of the chase, On the Job peers into a world of individuals trying to simultaneously balance work demands with the demands of their own private lives. Far from the imaginative portrayals sprouting from American televisions, On the Job shares the honest and sincere stories of those who carry the Chicago Police star alongside their life's ambitions, responsibilities, and realities.

It's the hearts, scars, and families behind the uniform we never see.


Availability for Public Speaking

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Smith is a noted speaker who has brought his compelling programs to schools, libraries, universities, association and private groups. His programs include:

  • ''On the Job Program'' - shares never-before-told stories of the tolls the job exacts on the officers and the personal experiences that led him to write the book.

  • Nonfiction writing seminars and workshops for students for high school and college students.

  • The use of nonfiction lit in writing crime and mystery fiction.

  • A multi-media presentation on the 1968 Democratic National Convention.