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Street Crimes: Why Experience Matters with Pat McCarthy

EPISODE 048

What was it like patrolling the streets of one of the most dangerous cities in the United States? How does training in the Marine Corps. Reserve prepare you for criminal investigations? Pat McCarthy gives us a firsthand look into his extensive history in law enforcement.


Pat McCarthy is the Creator/ Instructor of The Street Crimes Program. He is also the author of “Chicago Street Cop: Amazing True Stories from the Mean Streets of Chicago and Beyond”.


Pat has a decorated and diverse history in many areas of police work. His unique experiences as a Patrol Officer, Gang Investigator, Undercover Cop, S.W.A.T. Team Member, and Special Investigator with the FBI on three separate Federal Task Forces prepared him for an extensive range of criminal investigations. McCarthy spent six years with the U.S. Marine Corps. Reserve, and has a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Lewis University.


McCarthy’s impressive resumé is as follows: he is qualified as an expert witness in Gang and Drug related cases; spent two years as a uniformed patrol officer in a busy Southside district; following that, he served for four years as a member of the Elite Special Operations Unit, which traveled citywide, concentrating on felony and gun arrests; he then spent six years with the Chicago P.D. S.W.A.T. Team, with several years as a sniper.

McCarthy was meritoriously promoted to Gang Crime Specialist (Gang Investigator) in 1981. As a Gang Investigator, McCarthy concentrated on gang related shootings and murders. For 5 years, McCarthy worked undercover, buying guns and drugs from hardcore street gang members. During this 5 year period, McCarthys conviction rate was an astounding 99%; he put over 300 active gang members in prison while working this undercover assignment.


McCarthy was assigned as a Special Investigator with the FBI for 11 years, and has participated in major investigations throughout the United States and abroad. He spent 6 years on the Federal Asian Gang and Organized Crime Task Force, 2 years on the International Criminal Enterprise Drug Task Force and 3 years assigned to the FBIs Violent Crime/ Gang Joint Task Force.

McCarthy is also a past two-term president of the International Association of Asian Crime Investigators and has lectured on gang and organized crime issues throughout the U.S., Canada and Mainland China.


As you can imagine, this episode is jam-packed with amazing stories from the field from a man with a truly outstanding amount of life experience. He shares his feelings on the media's portrayal of police officers, the passing on of knowledge to younger police officers, learning more from people than from training programs, and much more.

For more info on McCarthy's work with The Street Crimes Program, check out their website.

Buy Pat McCarthy's book, "Amazing True Stories from the Mean Streets of Chicago and Beyond", here:


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