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Pat McCarthy

Pat McCarthy

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”. Information on his memoir can be found at

Pat is a nationally recognized expert in many areas of police work. He is able to blend his many 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. Mr. McCarthy spent six years with the U.S. Marine Corps. Reserve. Mr. McCarthy has a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from Lewis University.

McCarthy spent 25 years in very aggressive units as a member of the Chicago Police Department. He earned 14 Special Department Commendations and over 100 honorable mentions and letters of appreciation from the Director of the FBI and other Federal Agencies. His diverse background and variety of work experience qualify him as an expert in many types of criminal investigations.
McCarthy has qualified as an expert witness in Gang and Drug related cases. Two years as a uniformed patrol officer in a very busy Southside district. Four years as a member of the Elite Special Operations Unit. This unit traveled citywide concentrating on felony and gun arrests. 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.