Michael Cirolia will draw upon more than 25 years of experience, which includes a stint as the Berwyn (Illinois) Police Department’s deputy chief, to carry out his duties as a railroad patrolman.
“This is a new chapter in my life,” said Cirolia, who joined the Belt in October. “But I’m still going to be a police officer focusing on safety and community engagement.”
While with the BPD, one area of focus for Cirolia was resolving problems on the community level, many of them quality-of-life issues residents were experiencing. It’s made him familiar with Chicago’s southwest side and its nearby suburbs and also helped form his philosophy. He regards himself as a guardian and strives to maintain approachability.
“I always wanted to be the police,” Cirolia said. “I have a natural desire to help people, and my goal in this job is to help in any way, shape or form, even if that’s giving people directions. I like to lead by example and would never ask someone to do something I wouldn’t or haven’t done myself.”
Cirolia was grateful to be welcomed with open arms by the community he looks forward to continue serving.
“I feel like I have a great support system here,” he said.
Cirolia’s parents emigrated from Italy. He and his wife, Cori, have three children: Sophia, 16; Cenzo, 13; and Frankie, 7. Leisure time with the family is enjoyed at his villa on Lake Como in Wisconsin.
“It’s the closest I come to Italy,” Cirolia said.
I have a natural desire to help people, and my goal in this job is to help in any way, shape or form, even if that’s giving people directions.— Patrolman Michael Cirolia