Densho Digital Archive
Manzanar National Historic Site Collection
Title: Art Okuno Interview
Narrator: Art Okuno
Interviewer: Kirk Peterson
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: September 1, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-oart-01-0011

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KP: So were you the only one in your family that worked, or did your father work as well?

AO: Yeah, I think I was the only one then.

KP: What did you do?

AO: I was a timekeeper for the police department, and what we did was we'd meet the police at a certain station, spot at a certain time and they have to be there and check the names off, and that's all I did, went around the camp checking on the police, make sure they're there. [Laughs]

Off camera: Art, who were, who were the police?

AO: They were people from outside. Oh, no, I mean internees. Internees, yeah.

Off camera: And did they volunteer to be policemen or were they assigned to be policemen?

AO: I think they volunteered.

Off camera: All men?

AO: Yeah, all men.

Off camera: Did they have uniforms?

AO: No, no uniforms.

Off camera: Then how were they identified?

AO: Oh, they had tags, police. So I had to, my job was to just make sure that they were on the, they were doing their work.

Off camera: Do you know what kind of cases they were dealing with?

AO: I have no idea what they were doing. All I had to do was check their names off they're still there.

KP: Making sure they were patrolling or whatever --

AO: Yes, whatever they're supposed to be doing.

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