Daily Record of a Police Officer in Newark, New Jersey in the Early 1960s [Manuscript]. [Newark, New Jersey]. [Personal Logbook of a Newark, New Jersey Police Officer]. [Newark, NJ?, February 5, 1962-September 21, 1965. 500 pp. Thumb-tabbed index. Folio (13-3/4" x 8-1/2"). Three-quarter cloth over contrasting pebbled cloth, raised bands and faded gilt ornaments and title (Record) to spine. Some rubbing to extremities with light wear to spine ends and corners, heavier wear to fore-edges of boards. Text in neat hand to rectos and versos of all 500 pages. $650. * This privately compiled record allows us to trace the daily work life of a police officer in Newark, New Jersey in the years immediately preceding the riots of 1967. At this time Newark was coping with deindustrialization, migration of the white middle class to the suburbs and an influx of poor African Americans, who were confronted with housing and job discrimination. At the same time the composition of the city's government and police force was predominantly white. Compiled with great care, it as both a log book and diary. Here is a list of typical entries: "Responded to Police Headquarters on a call from Lt. O'Leary of the night bureau. From there with Det. Thran to N.Y.C. to pick up prisoner," "Assigned to the New York Police Academy for school", "On duty with Det. Rolleri Lt. Pichel working desk [in author's absence]," "Assigned in uniform at 5:30am for detail at Newark Airport," "Attending seminar at Rutgers New Brunswick," "Returned to duty in the 1st squad from prosecutor's office" and "Home for working Saturday." He had a few interesting assignments. He was part of a "Special Detail guarding President Kennedy at Columbus Day Parade" and was part of a detail to "guard Sen. Humphrey" when he visited the city. However, most of the entries chronicle crimes, apprehensions, arrests and responses to complaints. Many of these are cases of vandalism, petty theft, low-level violence and other "quality of life" issues that afflict cities in decline.
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