Part 1 of 3 was recorded on April 24th, 2018 and covers the following themes:
Parents and childhood. Move to Tucson in 1954.
Pueblo Gardens and Western Hills II in the 1950s. White flight.
School at Salpointe and Rincon High. Middle school experience at All Saints.
Work and social life during high school. Drive-ins. Miniature golf.
Living in LA near Watts in 1965, studying undertaking and working in the mortuary business.
Interest in law enforcement.
Police academy and joining Tucson Police Department in 1970.
Daily routine at TPD in the early 1970s.
Downtown Tucson before and after Urban Renewal.
Activism and youth protests in the early 1970s: Fox Theater, UA, El Rio Golf Course.
Race and policing in Tucson.
The challenge of policing before handheld radios. Working alone. Street justice.
Community policing. TPD’s relationship with the Tucson City Council.
Quintessential crimes of 1970s: burglary and drugs. Norman brothers. Auto theft. Burglars hopping international freight trains.
Border Patrol in the 1970s.
Part 2 of 3 was recorded in Tucson, Arizona on May 7th, 2018 and covers the following themes:
Tucson Police Department strike in 1975.
Rising drug trafficking and violence in the 1980s.
Chief Peter Ronstadt’s tenure. Neighborhood Watch program.
Working as TPD Public Information Officer. Media relations.
Drug enforcement in the 1980s. The shootings of officers Barry Headricks and Jeff Ross. Rise of SWAT Team.
Tucson’s role in national drug trafficking in the 1990s. Methadone centers. Drug money and corruption.
Evolving definitions of what makes a good police officer.
Recruiting Latinas in the 1980s.
Being married to a fellow law enforcement officer.
Automatic weapons and the increasing violence of policing.
Decline in traffic enforcement. Early computers and paperwork.
“Stranger danger” and crimes against minors in the 1980s.
Turbulence, restructuring, and the brief tenure of Chief Doug Smith in the mid-1990s. Chief Richard Miranda.
Politics and policing.
Changing technology from 1970 to 2000.
Public perceptions and police with rifles. 1990s carjackings and drive-by shootings.
Retirement in 2000. Starting work running traffic safety schools.
Part 3 of 3 was recorded in Tucson, Arizona on July 12th, 2018 and covers the following themes:
1970 Pioneer Hotel fire.
Rotary Club and changes in the culture of fraternal organizations.
Changing self-conception of Tucson Police Department from 1970s to 2000: from military model to community model. Increasing valuation of college education. Interest in systemic problems.
Increasing diversity among new officers.
Rise of crime analysis and metrics in policing.
1972 Rolling Stones concert riot at the Tucson Convention Center.
Side jobs with film companies in Tucson and California.
Working at the Fleetwood Mac concert at UA football stadium in 1977.
Visiting Oklahoma City after 1995 Federal Building bombing to learn about police crisis command.
Increasing police armament after the 1980s.