More of a bad generation, frankly. Lots of violence and drugs and little respect for the law. Things have improved a lot in the area since then.
My JrHi was in a town of 2500. The High School was halfway to the city, pop 45,000 at that time.
But I suspect that working LE almost anywhere would be a real eye-opener for anyone about how much goes on, and just how bad some folks are.