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   Cedar Rapids Gazette (Newspaper) - December 24, 1974, Cedar Rapids, Iowa                                The Cedar Rapids Gazelle: I'ues., Dec. 24, 1174 Small Town Police Units Will Consolidate by County Christmas Giving ito bv L W Ward The spirit of Christmas giving is alive in Palo this year. Jeff, 1 1, and Billy Hanover, 1 2, are the proud owners of a model horse ranch, made for them by John Vinson, Palo. Vinson spent over a year making the ranch, built of Styrofoam imbedded with rocks. His creations are a hobby and he will not sell them. Instead, he gives them to special people at spe- cial times of year. The boys' mother, Alice Hanover, had planned to transport the present home by sled, but its weight necessitated pulling the sled behind the family car. Betting Bill Passage Unlikely Charged By Val Corley DKS MOINES (AP) De- spite heavy pressure by hcirse lovers, Ihc Iowa legislature is unlikely lu Icgalixe pariniutue] belling during the coming ses- sion, an Associated Press sur- vey shows. And proponents of a mea- sure In create a state-run lot- tery have even less support, the survey shows. Sen. (leorgc Kinley (D-Des Moiiws) has introduced both pari-iiHiluel belling hills and state lottery bills in the past and Kep. .lames Caffrey (D- Des Moines) has sponsored pari-mutuel bills in the'house. Caffrey says he intends to introduce a pari-imitui'i bill in the house this session and feels "it stands a good chance." Hope to Debate Kinley. who will be the Democratic floor leader this session, says other legislation will have top priority, but he expressed hope a pari-mutuel bill, to belling on horse and perhaps don races, will be debated sometime dur- ing the two years of the com- ing legislature. The AP survey shows the aenate is almost evenly divid- ed on permitting pari-mutuel belting, bill Ihc house re- sponded 2-1 against betting at races. Sentiment in bolh the house and senate is 2-1 against cre- ating a slate lottery, legisla- tors told the AP. Tully Talhot of Audubon, a member of the Iowa Thor- oughbred Breeders and Own- ers Assn. who has talked with legislators about a p'lri-mu- Inel bill, said his organization is planning a petition drive to get the legislature to debate (he issue. Stay In Committee In past sessions, pari-mu- luel and lottery bills have stayed in committee and have not been debated by either house. Caffrey maintains that pnri- mulel betting is a good way to raise state revenue without in- creasing taxes. "A lot of people are going out nf state and spending mon- ey he said. "If we bad a track in the slate of Io- wa people could spend their money here and it would turn over and over here." Backers of pari-mutuol bet- ling say the state could gain to million annually in taxes on pari-muluel opera- lions and another million would be added to the state's economy from horse breeding and training and increases in hotel, travel and similar busi- nesses. Some legislators believe Io- wa should follow olhcr stales, including neighboring Illinois, which arc raising money for their treasuries by conducting lolleries. Illinois Lottery "The one in Illinois is unite popular among the people on the Iowa said one eastern Iowa legislator. Hep. Don Avenson wcin) says be could support a stale lottery "if the funds are earmarked for properly tax relief and education." Sen. Forrest Schwengcls (H-Pairfield) said he could support bolh pari-mutuel bel- ting and a stale lollery "if it could lie really shown Dial in- come would be large and if a large organized crime unit is included." Many of those who. oppose pari-mutuel belling feel that it would be a slep toward organ- ised crime coming into (In- state and many feel legalized horse belling and legalized lolleries would make il too ea- sy for the poor to lose what money thev have. NKW HAMPTON Ronald Ncgel. IH. Watikon, has been charged in Chickasaw counly in connection with recent breakins at Tlmmson Oil Co. in which was laken, and Dortman Aulo Supply in which was laken. By Hal DKS MOINKS (IDPA) The days of small town police departments are numbered, according to .lack director of Iowa law enforce- ment academy at Camp Dodge north of Des Moines. Callaghan said countryside law enforcement programs, in which all law enforcement re- sources in a counly are placed under one roof, will eventually eliminate what he described as poorly trained small town police departments. "Small communities are hard put to 'afford' the kind of officer needed Callaghan said. Callaghan said (here are two basic types of counlywide law enforcement, Ihe "con- tract system" and Ihe "uni- fied concepl." Contract Under Ihe contract system, police officers are directly employed by Ihe individual town but the counly sheriff co- ordinates their activities and establishes a counlywide com- munications system. The "contract" arrangmenl is used in several Iowa coun- lies, including Lynn. Osceola and ('Union and allows more complete patrolling of the county and Quicker call-re- sponse lime. The unified concepl com- bines all law enforcement re- sources into one unil direcled either by the sheriff or an ad- ministrator. This approach was pioneered in Iowa in De- calur counly in .Inly 1978. During the first year of Ihe program there. livestock thefts were drastically cut and farm machinery thefts were virtually non-existent, accord- ing to a county report. Decatur Counly Sheriff Dcr- al llouck credits Ihe improve- ment in part lo Hie fact thai officers are now on the scene nf a crime within two to five Discover for yourself the fast, low-cost results you get from classified ads! Question on City Government? Telephone 366-7517 Ask for Tape Ten CROWLEY h HEARING AID CENTER 26 Voorl of Serving file Horrrf of Heorinr; 803 Morcbonti tank Bldg. Cedar Rapids JROTO- Room FOR ANY DRAINAGE FAILURE 365-2243 Bishop Gift Book fun to get.., easy to give. Here s a gift that turns into all kinds of good things lor the person who gets it: Great food, prepared the fussier way. from a wide and ever-changing menu, served in a wai m and friendly atmosphere Check your gift list and pick up several Bishop Gift Books at Ihe cashier's desk of any Bishop Buffet or Cafeteria. Only or minutes in towns and five lo 12 minutes in rural areas. Be- fore Ihe program began, offi- cers needed an average of one and a half hours lo respond lo 3 call. Also, all 10 men under llouck have professional pol- ice training, uncommon in many small town and counties in Iowa. Their ability In con- duel thorough investigation has led to a marked decrease in livestock losses by Iheft. In the firsl six months of livestock Ihefl losses to- talled in Decatur coun- ty. In Ihe last half cif the year, with counlywide law enfor- cement in operation, livestock theft losses dropped lo Success of Ihe Dccalur counly program stimulated the interest of several other Iowa counties in countywide law enforcmenl. Wapcllo. Keokuk, Louisa, Wayne, Taylor and Hancock counties have contacted Gor- don Plepla, director of the South Iowa area crime com- mission, about selling up counlywide programs Ihere. Plepla helped Decatur coun- ty its program and is now involved in a similar pro- gram in Des Moines county. Plepla said the Des Moines counly system will be "a very sophisticated system. 1 hope it will serve as a model for other counlies in Iowa lo follow. "Crime fighling in rural Io- wa is mostly by Ihe seat of the pants. But crime can be re- duced if we just put all our re- sources said. Received (Jrant Des Moines county received a state and federal grant in September lo begin its program and will, in Ple- pla's words, "build on paper a law enforcement agency for the county." Plepla said the program is "a totally new concept in Io- wa" and thai "some permis- sive legislation is needed" to help implement couniywlde law enforcement. In September, Plepla asked Ihe Local Funding and Budg- eting study committee of the Iowa legislature to consider a proposal that would allow country wide law agencies lo establish their own retirement and benefit systems and ab- sorb existing civil service sys- tems when necessary. Also, Plepla asked for legis- lation that would allow coun- ties to levy a separate tax to support law enforcmenl. Slate limils on county taxing now prevent county governments from raising the money neces- sary lo support a countywide law enforcemnl agency. Plepla believes a 5-mill across Ihe board lew would supporl a countryside system such as Decatur county's. About half of Decatur coun- ty's J148.000 first-year budget was supplied by federal funds. But Plepla warned that Ihcse grants are not guaranteed or permanent and that coun- ties should expect to support these systems out of their own pockets. Per Capita Cost If Decatur county residents had supported their program in the firsl year, Ihe cosl would have been about per capita. This compares to an aver- age of 83 Iowa towns which shows per capita was spent for municipal police de- parmenls in 1973. In 00 Iowa counties, an average of per capita was spent to sup- porl sheriffs1 departments. 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