Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 19, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednosrfay, April 19, W7S THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 17 A. police constable's beat work is never done By LAKRY HKNNETT rralil Staff Wrilor For the first three of four years of duty wilh the Leth- bridge City police, a new con- stable is assigned to walk a heat in a commercial section of Ihe city. Four areas of trie city have been designated as heats. Each area is patrolled on fool by a lone constable with a two-way radio. There are three from midnight to 8 a.m., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to midnight. To cover each boat, a con- stable must walk from 10 to 20 miles. Other areas of Ihe cily are covered by random patrols made by three police car. Traffic patrols run nightly until 2 it. in., and resume ag after i; a.m. Four traffic patrol cars are used.. COMMUNICATIONS Homl communication is lo flic smooth function ot cily police Constable Mike Balinl is shown receiving a call on his police walkie-talkie, to investi- gate a fight. He was in a rear basement entry ot a downtown store when lie got the call, checking to sec that doors were lock- ed anil there were no sns- ipicious loiterers in the vicinity. The most hazardous, de-, landing and lonely of ttie nee shifts begins at midnight, he following is a log of a lyp- cal Si'.lurday midnight shift, iritli the heat constable uccoin- anied by The Herald. p.m. Friday Inspec- on and briefing ot the night hilt. Constables' uniforms are nsnecied for proper equip- lent and appearance-. Duly as- signments are made before ach shift at the inspection. Midnight Friday Left to tart beat. a.m. Saturday Con- table radioed lo return to sta- ion to study pictures and des- criptions of persons believed o be in vicinity and expected o cause- trouble. a.m. Returned to heat nnd began checking doors in lanes of west beat. a.m. Alerted lo re- spond to (iplit at l.ethbridge Friendship Centre wliile inves- tigating open boiler room door at old Sann Store, 322 Slh St. S a.m. Met by patro' car at end of lane and proceed _d to Friendship Centre. Police car No. 3 already there, figh over. No arrests made. a.m. While in patro car. received radio call to re spend to complaint of famil> dispule, couple fighting i yard at 728 !2lh St. C. N. Co two already Ihere on our arrl val. a.m. Answered com plaint about unwanted guest t Castle Apartments, 219 2nd ve. S. Two men asked to cave, no arrests made. a.m. Doors checked n 5th SI. a.m. Complaint ans- al Fischer's Boarding louse, 322 3rd Ave. S. Woman rreslcd and charged will) eing drunk and Illegal posses- ion of alcohol. She attempted hiile bottle in police car ailed to lake her to station. a.m. Woman taken lo ily police cells, bottle of alco- 10! labeled as evidence and ve returned to beat. a.m. Drunken woman liscovercd at the corner of 3rd Ave. and 5th SI. S. Police :ar called lo transport her jack lo the station to be locked up. 2 a.m. Polce car arrives, woman hits attempted lo be come violent and escape, but too drunk to succeed, She has become excessively abu- sive in her language. Consta- ble calmed her down and got her to get in car. a.m. Woman finally ar rested and locked up for the nighl. W e returned to beat Buildings near Scenic Drivo checked. a.m. Man walking alone stopped and checked name taken constable ex plained a list of names was kept to keep track ot who had been in Ihe area in the early morning, in case a crime was reported. lo n.m. Doors in alleys or lanes checked for ati lour. Constable notucl nearly yo per cent of all lane doors were not lighted, though most of them hud accommodations for a night light. a.m. Night desk manager of the Martinis Hotel vis-ted. He reported all was quiet. Other hotels were visited dur-ng the early morning as a.m. Side door leading to he basement of Canada Paints, 424 7th St. S. was unlocked. Keys to several other doors In the building were discovered in the iiasemcnt. Keys were taken to Llif station and door was ockeil. 4 a.m. to 5 n.m, More lane doors on the beat checked. Poor lighting conditions were noted in all the lane ways. Some doors which had to be checked were in cave-like loca-tons. a.m. Car parked on 5th St. across from the police station checked. Two occupants arrested and charged with being drunk. One woman warned not to drive, of the rest checked. Those not nrresUxl told (o fmmo.