St. Paul Police Oral History Project: Interview with Wilfred O. Jyrkas

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Titles St. Paul Police Oral History Project: Interview with Wilfred O. Jyrkas
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Wilfred O. Jyrkas became a St. Paul Police patrolman July 29, 1949. He was promoted to Sergeant, August 11, 1960 to Lieutenant, December 14, 1985, and to Captain, November 29, 1971. Wilfred retired August 28, 1986. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Decision to become a policeman; learning on the job; police work during the 1930s; policing the Flats neighborhood; the murder of Allen Lee; using and not using a gun; how his experience in the military helped him with police work; how the department has changed; diversity in the department; James Griffin suing St. Paul for being passed over for Chief Deputy; Debbie Montgomery; women coming into the department; detaining criminals; working alone compared to working with a partner; notifying families of a death.
Quantity 58 pages transcript
Format Content Category: text
Creation Interviewer: Cavett, Kate
Interviewee: Jyrkas, Wilfred
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 11/18/2008
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 132 (Library Call Number)
AV2011.28.6 (Accession Number)
More Info MHS Library Catalog
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'St. Paul Police Oral History Project'

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