By Ted Regencia
CHICAGO — In an unprecedented development for the Filipino American community in Chicago, one of its own has been designated by Chicago Police Superintendent Philip J. Cline as district commander.
Charles “Chuck” Dulay officially took over his post as head of District 17 covering Albany Park, last July 1, capping 37 years of service in the Chicago police force, and making history for the Filipino American community in the Chicagoland.
Dulay is the second officer of Asian-American background to head a district.Commander Gary Yamashiroya heads Chicago’s 23rd District.
Recently, the Asian American Law Enforcement Association headed by another Filipino American police officer, Audie Manaois feted Dulay for his promotion.
Manaois praised Dulay saying “a lot of us have always looked up to him. He is a model and father figure to many of us in the service.” “He is also very knowledgeable in the operations of the Chicago police department. And knowing that he is a Filipino American, it’s a good feeling,” he added.
Throughout his career spanning almost four decades, Dulay has been assigned and re-assigned to different Chicago districts. Along the way, he picked up awards, recognitions and promotions in the 14,000-strong police force. As a top cop, his name also surfaced in a few highly-publicized police stories such as the 2001 homicide case near the location of MTV Real World Chicago and the 1997 cop-to-cop racial complaint case.
Dulay’s promotion, however, reaffirmed the Chicago Police hierarchy’s trust in his leadership, friends and colleagues said.
Retired Lt. John A. Laskey, a long-time colleague attested to Dulay’s record as “a fearless detective, and a good one too.” “I am glad he got this promotion. It’s long overdue for him,” Laskey added.
“He’s relentless and he put up a good file with high conviction rate. Also he earned the respect of judges and attorneys. Indeed, this is a well-deserved promotion,” he said.
While the life of a police officer is “tough on the family” as Laskey described it, Dulay managed to keep his family intact. His wife, Dianne and son John were on hand to witness the reception in honor of Commander Dulay. Another child, Jennifer was out of town.
“He’s a good man,” wife Dianne beamed during the reception.
Dulay himself was beaming with pride, adding that he “hopes to live up to the expectations” of the Filipino American community and all Chicagoans at large.
“I’m proud to represent this community,” Dulay said. “ It’s a wonderful way for me to finish my career. I’ve been around for a long time and I will be around for a few more years in the service.”
On his new assignment, Dulay said that it is a “relatively low-crime area” and he “will do the best I can that it will stay that way. We hope to continue the good work of my predecessor.”
Dulay traces his paternal roots to Binmaley, Pangasinan, the hometown of his father, Juan Rayos Dulay, who came to the United States in 1925 at the age of 19.•