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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 34 THI UETHMIDQt HERALD WcdnMday, February e, Auckland police only act on complaints Topless women tolerated By J. C. GRAHAM CP Correspondent AUCKLAND (CP) Visitors to New Zealand sometimes describe it as a Victorian it seems likely to make a giant- leap forward into the present. The police chief in Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, says he would not find anything objectionable in a woman walking topless down the main street. Pilots of Australian airliners, who tend to think of New Zealand as a quaint backwater, sometimes air their sophistication at the expense of New Zealand manners "We are about to land in New they announce "Put your watches back 50 years But Australia is far from tolerating topless girls in the main streets. When one or two tried it a year or two they were promptly arrested However, Chief Superinten- dent B R Alty, aged 57, head of the Auckland central police and one of the top-ranking po- lice officers in the country, holds liberal views on women's right to wear what they like "The way I see he said, "is this- What is the difference between a man walking around with nothing on but a pair of skimpy shorts and a woman going topless? "I can't see how, in this day and age, we can have two ap- parent standards of decency, for men and women, and expect those standards to be observed "I have no doubt at all that we would have difficulty in laying a successful prosecution alleging offensive behavior against a woman who merely removed her top at the beach "And if she chooses to take off her top and bra in Queen St. I personally would not find that actionable However, he emphasized that he was speaking for himself, and interpreting the law as he saw every policeman was entitled to make his own interpretation. Alty's views may be ahead of opinions of some others in authority. But they were at least partially supported by Minister of Justice Dr. Martyn-Finlay Asked if he would be offended at the sight a bare-breasted woman on a city beach, he replied: "I find it very hard to imagine However, Minister of Police M A Connelly said the police department will act on any complaints received about barebreasted women in public places "The police don't make the law and they don't make deci- sions as to whether or not the law applies in such circum- he said. "It is up to the courts Mayor of Auckland Sir Dove-Myer Robinson, who himself caused something of a sensation by appearing topless in an interview with a prominent visiting television reporter, holds qualified views "It would depend on the size, age and shape of the he said. Sears essentials from Helena Rjbinstein A little moisture, a kiss of colour, bare essentials that take beautiful care of your skin. 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"An attractive brunette, Trish Clark, coaxed her way into a job as a croupier and worked in some of the elite gaming house? where she found the work "can be fascinating and the pay is But the gambler, especially one who loses, can make a working-girl's life miserable. "Outside the casino, they may be pleasant, highly civilized people, but once the chips start falling, too many of them can act like animals." Ill-manners and an urge to cheat surfaced in some of her more often than not, among women "because they thought they could get away with it." The most common method of cheating, she found, would be an attempt by an unscrupulous gambler to place a bet at the roulette table after the ball had spun into a numbered slot. CALL THE INSPECTOR "The solution to any she said, "was to call an in- spector. In the end it came to a matter of your word against that of the punter." "If you were an experienced croupier, the inspector was usu- ally willing to back you up, but if the punter put up a big enough fight, screaming and yelling, the casino would nearly always give in." Line-ups prior to 2 p m. openings were a fact of life and many of the first patrons would still be there at the 4 a.m. closing, she said. "All too often you find the losers begging at the cashier's window to try to pawn a watch or a piece of jewelry so that they can go back to the tables and play on." She progressed as a croupier to Mayfair's exclusive White Elephant Club on Curzon Street where the rich gamble for stakes that often assume an air of unreality. "The biggest tip I ever received was from a business tycoon who said I had brought him luck." "I also got to know a Saudi Arabian oil prince who thought nothing of betting on the turn of the wheel Win or lose, he was always polite, but then he could afford to be." ST. CATHARINES, Ont. (CP) Constable Sandra Leskiw kept her eyes glued on the radar needle "I want to be able to say in court that it's a good she said. She studied the motion of the needle. "He's seen us." The car passed. "It's sort of like fishing in a way When the needle slows down you know that he's seen you." There was a time when male drivers practically drove off the road when they spotted a female behind the wheel of a police cruiser. But today they seldom look twice as the Niagara Regional Police has five female offi- cers who help the force patrol 700 square miles of the Niag- ara Peninsula. All have trained at the On- tario Police College at Ay- Imer and have taken such subjects as defensive driving and the FBI combat course. They pack guns in those in- nocent-looking shoulder bags Part of their training requires them to hit a small bull's eye at 50 feet. Each woman carries a re- volver with a two-inch barrel and a light frame. The men have a heavier gun with a four-inch barrel and target sights. That handbag also is weigh- ted down by a set of hand- cuffs and a billy. "Swing that purse at some- one and it could said Constable Leskiw The Niagara force expects its girls to do the same work as male officers. And it pays them a same as the men. They were hired to meet the need created by increased incidents of women being picked up for thefts, shop- lifting, drunkenness and on on the job was walking into the guard room when the men were asked if anyone would volunteer to take the police- woman out in the cruiser. AFTERNOON BINGO MOOSE 3 North 5 Cnds Monty DOUBLED WMMv Soonsored by THE MOOSE LODGE No Children Under 16 Allowed to welcome Marge Ingle's FALL and WINTER CLEARANCE SALE Savings THURSDAY, FRIDAY and SATURDAY February 7th, 8th and 9th OPEN THURSDAY and FRIDAY TILL P.M master CHARGEX master 613 4th Ave. S. have to be searched. Male officers can't do that but are around to help. Until policewomen were hired, sec- retaries were sworn in as spe- cial constables to do the searching. Constable Leskiw has al- ready had some problems in this part of her job. "One woman was going to charge me with indecent as- she recalled. Some women refuse to re- move their clothes, so "I usu- ally say either you take them off for me or you'll do it for those men outside." "I had one woman who was supposed to appear before the justice of the peace and she was sitting in her cell without any clothes on and wouldn't put them on." Constable Leskiw said the hardest part of her first day Red Cross meets Thursday The annual meeting of the Canadian Red Cross Society, Lethbridge branch, will be held at 8 p.m Thursday in the Red Cross Building. Members of the 1st Brownie Pack of this city will present two pairs of children's crutches to be used hi the local sickroom loan cuubuaid. The troop, as one of its pro- jects, raised the money to purchase the two items for the Lethbridffe New French imported leather gloves Classic styimq pure elegance1 Ladies silk-lined genuine fed lealher gJoves Fully picjue sewn. Bollon thumbs a 13.98 value f or jusl 1099. Bracelel-lgjh 15.98 value jusl 12 99 Assorted scarves Ace1a1e twill or satin A eave Abl 2 7 x 2 7' or 30 x 30 1.99 10 99 Simpsons-Sears Ltd. you Of JfWfWJf IVMJII00d Open Thursday and FtJflsy 930am Cartre Vfllajrt) Msrtl 328-9231 ;