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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 4, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 Wl UTHBRIDGI HERAID fildoy, 4, Maurice Western The mysterious growth of civil service Calgary police chief The chances are that Calgary will keep Us newly appointed Police Chief, Charles Gain, despite the out- cry of several aldermen ami assorted c.iizens. There does not seem to be r.ny fault in the way in which his r.opcintment was made that would higher authorities to inter- vene and remove him from office. All indications are that the new police chief is well qualified. That a vote of Oakland's police force last month showed more than half the members expressing non-confidence in Mr. Gain, who was then their chief, need not be considered a mark him. Tlie vote can be read as r.' trbute to a man with an cnliglit- approach to law enforcement I ".t fit-: :n heller with Canadian p.H'hs'js Ui-.-.n with those fie- :r..iy fcund in Ihe U.S. What Mr. Gain attempted lo do as pol'.ce chief in Oakland was to reduce the arbitrary use of police power and g.vc priority to insuring their constitutional rights, lie also sought to increase the number of blacks on the force a wise move in a city with a large black population. These are not changes which are needed in Calnarv but they indicate that Mr. Gain has an outlook that should make him an acceptable and effec- tive public servant on the Canadian scene. The whole controversy over his ap- pointment revolves around the fad that he is an American. As a for- eigner he is tu> doubt temporarily handicapped by unfamiliarity with Canadian law and custom but lie has staff members around him lo ad- vise him until he has become acclima- tized The difference between rjuiiuu techniques in Canada and the U.S. are probably not as great as the dif- ferences in attitude and even that should not be magnified. After all, joint training sessions are not un- usual. What is lefl, Ilien, is an emotional reaction to thu appointment ot an American, ff this reaction comes from any sizeable proportion of the population of Calgary it indicates that the nationalist spirit having an anti-American focus is more viru- lent than tlie police commission cal- culated. Tlie members of the com- mission must have considered the factor of the Americanism of their choice and dismissed it as inconse- quential. Mr. Gain seems to be accustomed to hostility. A policeman has to en- dure a certain amount of it by vir- tue of his job, as does any adminis- trator. But he lias been the target of unusual antagonism because of his policies and has stuck lo his post regardless of that. It would be sur- prising if he allowed the outburst in Calgary to upset him much. OTTAWA David Orllkow expressed astonishment re- cently ovor tlie contents of a ref statistics. What makes it most unlikely in the well-known backwardness of taxpayers who tend to brood on I heir burdens and may as yet be unresponsive to the new con- cepts.