Audio Recordings "In those days the criminals were drunks and people that didn't pay their child support and stuff like that, but there were no really hard, hard criminals like today."
Carroll, Thomas D.
21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
- "In those days the criminals were drunks and people that didn't pay their child support and stuff like that, but there were no really hard, hard criminals like today."
- Contributor Names
- Garcia, Felix (Narrator)
- Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
- Created / Published
- Subject Headings
- - Oral history
- - Interviews
- - Sound recordings
- - Law enforcement
- - 21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
- - Ethnography
- - United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
- - Interview with Felix Garcia.
- - Summary of audio segment: Was there any particular phase of the law enforcement career that FG particularly liked? FG says that the job was always a challenge, always had expectation to get to the next step, from walking the beat to the patrol car, and so on. Went from housing police to working in the jail. Riots had just broken out in 1972, and FG viewed the opportunity as a challenge. In those days the criminals were drunks and people who didn't pay their child support, etc. There were no hard, hard criminals like today. But to FG it was a challenge. And after doing that for a while, couldn't see himself working there for years just turning a key. So he made people recognize he had skills, dedication, potential, and got a shot at office work. And there he met people, had a chance to be seen and recognized. He worked his way into the record room, internal affairs, warrant squad, etc. But there had to be someone there to see and recognize his work, and enable him to advance. And that happened.
- Digital Audio Tape
- Call Number
- AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A018
- Source Collection
- Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
- American Folklife Center
- Digital Id
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Working in Paterson Project collection, 1993-2002 (AFC 1995/028), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress
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