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Fred Rice, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Police Superintendent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chinese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/24/1926
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
PoliticalMakers
Occupation(s):
Police Superintendent

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Chinese Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Southern California
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
12/24/1926
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Police superintendent Fred Rice was born on December 24, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois to Leola Moseley and Fred Rice, Sr. He was raised in Chicago and attended John Farren Elementary School, Edward Hartigan Elementary School and DuSable Leadership Academy.

After serving in the U.S. Army for two years in Korea in the early 1950s, Rice returned to Chicago and worked for the Chicago Post Office before passing the Chicago Park District Police Department examination in 1955. He later received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Roosevelt University, and graduated from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Executive Institute in Quantico, Virginia.

In 1955, Rice became a patrol officer for the Chicago Park District Police Department, which later merged with the Chicago Police Department. He was promoted to sergeant, and then to the role of civil service captain. In 1983, Rice made history when he was appointed under Chicago Mayor Harold Washington as superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, becoming the first African American to hold the position. During his tenure, Rice ushered in a new era of race relations among the officers and promoted communication between them and the communities they patrolled. He retired as superintendent of the Police Department in 1987 and went on to serve as an adjunct professor of criminal justice at the University of Illinois from 1990 to 2001. He was also a founding member of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.

Rice passed away on January 10, 2011 at the age of 84. He was married to Thelma Rice and was the father of two children, Lyle and Judith.

Fred Rice was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 27, 2002.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Fred Rice interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Fred Rice's favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Fred Rice discusses his parents' backgrounds in Alabama and their migration to the North
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Fred Rice lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Fred Rice recalls his childhood community in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Fred Rice details elementary school experiences
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Fred Rice remembers the Chicago of his youth having few single-parent families and less crime than today
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Fred Rice talks about his favorite subjects in grammar school and high school
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Fred Rice recalls his years at DuSable High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Fred Rice recalls his post-high school years, attending junior college and working at the post office
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Fred Rice details his U.S. Army service in the Korean War
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Fred Rice talks about his experience as a police recruit in Chicago
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Fred Rice talks about O.W. Wilson's positive effect on the Chicago Police Department
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Fred Rice traces deterioration in police-community relations starting in the mid-1960s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Fred Rice shares his thoughts on police tactics at demonstrations
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Fred Rice remembers his early days as a Chicago Park District patrol officer
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Fred Rice comments on demographics, qualifications and benefits at the Chicago Police Department in the 1990s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Fred Rice examines how Irish-Americans came to control local government in northern cities in the United States
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Fred Rice talks about his promotion to sergeant
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Fred Rice discusses the conservative attitude of the Chicago Police Department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Fred Rice talks about the increase in black supervisors and the creation of the "exempt personnel" catagory at the Chicago Police Department
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Fred Rice recalls policing during riots and civil rights demonstrations of the late 1960s in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Fred Rice tells of his involvement in fighting Chicago's gang activity
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Fred Rice talks shares his thoughts on the 1969 shooting of Black Panthers Hampton and Clark by police
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Fred Rice explains the role of the African American Patrolmen's League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Fred Rice discusses issues the Chicago Police Department dealt with in the 1970s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Fred Rice talks about dealing with charges of excessive force
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Fred Rice remembers political scandals involving the Chicago Police Department
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Fred Rice describes how the Chicago Police Department changed after Harold Washington's election
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Fred Rice details his increased responsibility because of various promotions
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Fred Rice recalls political and racial issues that arose during his tenure as superintendent of the Chicago Police Department
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Fred Rice talks of changes he attempted to make during while superintendent
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Fred Rice explains the prominence of unionism in Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Fred Rice details the end of his term under Harold Washington
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Fred Rice comments on community policing in Chicago
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Fred Rice talks about the Chicago Police Department's current status
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Fred Rice reflects on his career