St. Paul Police Oral History Project: Interview with Laurence Francis McDonald
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Laurence Francis McDonald was appointed patrolman for the St. Paul Police Department July 11, 1955. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1966, to Lieutenant in 1971, to Captain in 1989. He was awarded the Medal of Merit in 1993. Laurence retired in 1995. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Early life and becoming a cop; police exam; park police; the communities negative perception of the police department; improving police training; recruiting new police officers; social unrest in the 1960s; Housing Environmental Liaison and Police Program [HELP]; community policing/team policing; Black community in St. Paul; training new officers; department psychologist Bob Hobart; becoming a regional training center for other departments; starting a K-9 unit; policing the west side of St. Paul; why some police officers burn out; spirituality and police work; carrying a gun; Mercado's Marauders tactical unit; developing police intuition; University of Minnesota riots, 1972; miscellaneous stories and experiences from being a cop; being commander of the Southwest District; researching how other cities dealt with violent protestors; talking to college students during the Vietnam war; working in the Sex-Homicide Department; the Miranda Warning; the importance of listening.
Quantity 166 pages transcript
Format Content Category: text
Creation Interviewer: Cavett, Kateleen Hope
Interviewee: McDonald, Laurence Francis
Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Subjects Made in Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 12/14/2005 - 01/05/2006
(Interviews conducted 12/14/2005,12/28/2005 and 1/5/2006.)
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 132
Accession Number AV2011.28.8
Related Collections Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'St. Paul Police Oral History Project'

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