St. Paul Police Oral History Project

Titles St. Paul Police Oral History Project
Description In the 1850s, the city of St. Paul began to develop a more comprehensive police force when it became clear that the population of the city was growing. It began with Marshall Miller appointing four patrolmen in 1856, and since then has grown to nearly 600, as of 2000. For this project, by Hand in Hands Productions, members of the St. Paul Police Department were interviewed representing a wide range of experiences reflected by their personal tribulations and successes. The subjects discussed by the interviewees include: initial interest in the St. Paul Police Department [SSPD]; police culture; being a rookie; standards of SPPD; dynamics between officers of varying rank; drug enforcement; situations involving death and response to such situations; influence of war experiences on police work; police training and learning to use weapons; role of religion and faith; changing dynamics of SPPD when more ethnic integration occurs within; gender and racial discrimination and barriers; civil unrest in the 1960s; being promoted and moving up the ladder; expectations of citizens by SPPD; occupational stress and fear; performance evaluations; death of fellow officers; life outside the SPPD; major challenges faced by SPPD through the years; retirement.
Quantity 1 project
922 pages transcript
Format Content Category: text
Creation Interviewer: Cavett, Kate
Interviewer: Kaphingst, Fred
Interviewee: Bailey, Carolen Fay Gesin
Interviewee: Bradley, Timothy Robert
Interviewee: Buehlman, Edward
Interviewee: Corcoran, Joseph Kane
Interviewee: Fahey, Theodore C.
Interviewee: Jyrkas, Wilfred
Interviewee: McCutcheon, William W.
Interviewee: McDonald, Laurence Francis
Interviewee: Montgomery, Deborah Gilbreath - Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Interviewee: Scott, Herbert
Interviewee: Walsh, Thomas
Dates Creation: 1979 - 2008 (Interviews conducted 1979 and 2004-2008.)
Holding Type Oral History - Project
Identifiers OH 132 (Library Call Number)
AV2011.28 (Accession Number)
More Info MNHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, transcript: 'St. Paul Police Oral History Project: Interview with Laurence Francis McDonald'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, transcript: 'St. Paul Police Oral History Project: Interview with Thomas Walsh'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, transcript: 'St. Paul Police Oral History Project: Interview with Theodore C. Fahey'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, transcript: 'St. Paul Police Oral History Project: Interview with Wilfred O. Jyrkas'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, transcript: 'St. Paul Police Oral History Project: Interview with Timothy Robert Bradley'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, transcript: 'St. Paul Police Oral History Project: Interview with Herbert W. Scott'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, transcript: 'St. Paul Police Oral History Project: Interview with Carolen Fay Gesin Bailey'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, transcript: 'St. Paul Police Oral History Project: Interview with Joseph Kane Corcoran'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, transcript: 'St. Paul Police Oral History Project: Interview with Edward Buehlman'
Oral History - Interview, MHS Collection, transcript: 'St. Paul Police Oral History Project: Interview with Deborah Gilbreath Montgomery'

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