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."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Carroll, Thomas D.
Garcia, Felix
Dates 1994
Location New Jersey
United States
Language English
Subjects 21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
Law Enforcement
Oral History
Sound 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."
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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