Sueme, Anita

Part 1 of 2 was recorded at the base of Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, Arizona on June 11th, 2018. The interview covers the following themes:

b. 1955

  • Family history and parents’ move to Tucson in 1962. Father’s work at camera shop and Tucson Police Department.

  • Sueme’s childhood and education at Cragin Elementary School.

  • Interest in biology. College at UA, but lack of teaching jobs for women in biology.

  • An aside about family, German identity, and waning Catholicism.

  • Sueme’s father’s refusal to join Tucson Police strike in mid-1970s.

  • Sueme’s work in Police records section during college in 1974.

  • Father’s resistance to women in law enforcement.

  • Becoming a police dispatcher and description of work.

  • The entry of women into law enforcement jobs.

  • Working at TPD while Sueme’s father was still an officer.

  • Sueme’s move from dispatching to police work in 1985.


Part 2 of 2 was recorded at the base of Tumamoc Hill in Tucson, Arizona on June 13th, 2018. The interview covers the following themes:

  • A survey of Sueme’s different police jobs from the 1980s to late 2000s.

  • Changing public response to female police officers over Sueme's career.

  • Policing styles in the 1980s and community policing.

  • A discussion of law enforcement, race, the use of force, and mental health.

  • Tucson’s domestic violence policies and Pima County Victim Witness program.

  • Sueme’s first shooting and the execution of Joseph Woods.

  • Archetypal crimes of the 1980s and 1990s.

  • Proliferation of assault rifles after Sueme’s retirement.

  • Declining police role in traffic accident documentation.

  • Retirement and pensions.

  • Mental health services for law enforcement.

  • Police-community relations and national media in 2018.

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