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Israel Caraballo, Jr.

Israel Caraballo, Jr. is a Newark Police Officer. He was born in New Jersey to Puerto Rican parents, and raised in Newark. After graduating high school, Mr. Caraballo served five years in the United States Marine Corps, where he was a corporal. After leaving the Marines, he joined the Newark Police Department where he rose through the ranks to become the first Puerto Rican / Latino deputy chief. Mr. Caraballo also serves in the United States Air National Guard where he holds the position of master sergeant. In addition to his civic and military service, Mr. Caraballo received a Master of Administrative Science (MAS) Degree from Farleigh Dickinson University, and is currently pursuing a second Bachelor's Degree in History from Rutgers University, with which he intends to become a high school teacher.
Prepared by Elizabeth Parker, Associate Archivist.


Hear Israel Caraballo, Jr. discuss his approach to dealing with bias from his fellow officers and the steps he took to address the problem.

Text of Audio Quote:
[Text edited for clarity. For a full verbatim transcript of the quote, please see p. 19 of the complete interview transcript.]

"Years back, I remember, in the North District [of Newark, New Jersey] where I worked as a sergeant, I remember having to call... a couple of officers' attention [to the language they were using], because they would go out to a scene, and they would speak to people in such a disrespectful manner. I've had to actually... approach them... call them to the side and... correct their behavior. I remember one [officer] actually, [who] I actually documented [and] ended up counseling... I counseled him, and I documented the counsel. You know, years later, he approached me, the officer approached me, and thanked me. He [the officer] said–you know, I actually even forgot about it–he said, "You know, there were many times when you could have charged me, you know, for... different things that I did." And he said, "You were always fair." He actually thanked me for it. But those are the two occasions that I actually remember, a couple officers, just the way they spoke to people."

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