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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 8 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Wednesday, February 27, 1974 RCMP computer cracks down By JEFF CARRUTHERS Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA Life for Canada's burglars, safecrackers and thieves generally promises to become more difficult and more dangerous beginning later this year, thanks to the wonders of a speedy computer already in the service of the RCMP. The RCMP's Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) plans to extend its computer information services for policemen across Canada to cover stolen goods, including color television sets, refrigerators and ranges, cameras, stocks, bonds and guns, according to RCMP Assistant Commissioner A. C. Potter. Ron Meyer, assistant director of the CPIC, added in an interview that the computerized file of stolen goods might also cover the thousands of bicycles stolen across Canada each year. Bicycles, it seems, are the most popular target for thieves during these days of environmental consciousness. And the RCMP are still trying to decide whether including stolen bicycles might be too much for even the huge police computer. Scheduled to come into effect later this year, the stolen goods service would allow policemen on the beat from Victoria and Kamloops to Halifax and St. John's to use their radios to find out from the Ottawa RCMP computer not only whether something had been stolen, but also where and when it had been stolen. The CPIC computer at RCMP headquarters here would be able to provide the patrolmen with answers on stolen property in a natter of seconds, via the local radio INTRODUCES A COMPLETE NEW LINE OF WALLCOVERINGS PRE-PASTED VINYL COATED SCRUBBABLE STAIN RESISTANT 1974 patterns now in stock' See our brand new line of beautiful Vmyl coated wall coverings and stock up at this low introductory price No sample books to look through no waiting for delivery This line is at the'store now, wrapped in sparkling shrink-wrap for easy pro'ection and easy viewing Choose your pat- terns today and redecorate your home with these excellent quality wallcoverings Sold in double rolls only Save Per Gal. ON OUR BEST PAINT Fiesta One Coat the ultimate in painting luxury rich, smooth, high-hiding finishes make your redecorating an enjoyable experience. Now's the time to move up to premium quality One Coat paints you'll save per gallon. Choose Interior- Latex. 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The CPIC computer system, linked directly with police forces in nine provinces (and indirectly with Quebec police forces) via private teletype circuits is already providing policemen on the beat with computer-fast answers on whether vehicles and license plates are stolen and on whether persons are missing charged with federal crimes, or escaped from jail or prisons. Eventually, the CPIC com- puter will be linked with some 800 police headquarters (or re- gional police radio networks) in all the provinces and in the territories. The addition of a stolen property file to the RCMP computer, scheduled for late this year, would in effect double the on-file records of the "electronic storage cabinet" for the country's police forces, according to the RPMP Asst. Commission Potter estimates that there are about items recorded about vehicles covering automobiles, trucks, boats, motorcycles, snowmobiles, vehicle parts and license another items on wanted for crimes on local, provincial, federal or international warrants, and escapees from prisons. Mr. Meyer estimated that a stolen property file would probably add another items to the computer's records, excluding bicycles. Including stolen and lost bicycles would add another items, he suggested. The programming of the computer for such a stolen property file will start within a few weeks, according to Mr. Potter. With luck, testing of the expanded system should start in the summer, with operation beginning in late fall or early winter. Since the CPIC computer started operation one and one- half years ago it has been used by local policemen much more than much so, that the RCMP has just recently ordered a larger computer, the IBM 370-168, to replace the present IBM 360- 65. Mr. Potter said that since June, 1972, there have been 9 5 million transactions, including 7.2-million inquiries by policemen and 2.1-million additions or deletions to the vehicle and person files. The bigger computers will be installed next spring and will cost the RCMP an extra 15 per cent, or about If there is any delay in get- ting the new stolen goods file to work by the end of this year, it will be delayed until after the new computers are installed, Mr. Meyer said. He said that the stolen goods file can list anything with an identifiable number, such as a serial number, which is stored in the computer. There will likely be a dollar limit on what will be accepted in the system. "We wouldn't list a person- alized, identifiable lighter, for example, unless it was related to a more important case on he said. Vancouver Edmonton HoUoi John i Normal Precipitation Vancouver j C4monion Toronto Onovo Montreal Below Normal PreclDitattonK Temperature rise seen Near-normal and above-normal temperature readings are expected to cover most of the country for the first-half of March, according to the long- range weather outlook of the United States Weather Bureau. Precipitation is expected to be below-normal for most of Canada, with above readings expected for British Columbia, Alberta and portions of Sas- katchewan. Lonely ex-prisoners often return to crime By R. J. ANDERSON TORONTO (CP) The man released from prison is ex- hilarated but often frightened of bis freedom, is lonely, seldom welcomed by his family and old friends, hasn't enough money and often returns to a life of crime, says a study on men released from prison. The fault may lie with Can- ada's penal and parole system, says Dr. Irwin Waller House leader for Socreds OTTAWA (CP) Gilles Caouette, member of parliament for Charlevoix, was chosen house leader of the Social Credit Party at a caucus meeting Tuesday. The new house leader, son of party leader Real Caouette, will replace Andre Fortin, member for Lotbiniere, who held the post for three years. Rene Matte, member for Champlain, will continue to act as interim party leader when Real Caouette is absent. of the centre of criminology, University of Toronto, in a 275-page report released Tuesday. Dr. Waller and a research staff selected 423 men released from prison in Ontario in 1968 and followed their careers for 24 months. Most were English-Canadians and 210 had been released on parole, 113 never applied for parole and 100 had applied but been refused. In the report, the first group is described as "parolees" and the last two as 'dischargees.'' The study is the third re- leased by the criminology centre in recent years. Last year, a similar study looked at Canada's court system and concluded that "a car on the assembly line gets more assurance of due process and minimal delay than many cf t-ie court cases processed through the court system." APPOINTED DIRECTOR Dr. Waller, from Cambridge, England, has been on the centre's research staff since 1966. He has been appointed director of research in the federal solicitor- general's department, effective May 1. Pumps ring merrily away No gas pains in Montana By PAUL FREEMAN ON HIGHWAY 2 IN MONTANA (AP) The Montana driver has ample time to reflect on the gasoline shortage. A Great Falls motel runs radio spots at Shelby, 88 miles to the north, telling Canadians there is no gasoline shortage in Montana and suggesting that gas-wary Canadians come on to Gret Falls for their overnight stay. Montana's highways unfold in a seemingly endless ribbon of blacktop, sometimes spiced by slippery snow and a dangerous phenomenon known in the west as black ice. The energy crisis hasn't changed them much. The service-station attendants are friendly and chip away (he accumulated windshield ice. snow and road muck. It's a tradition. The gas pump rings merrily away until the traveller's tank is full. A full tank is a traditional safeguard when driving in the quixotic weather of this big state. Some things never change and a full tank of gasoline, with no waiting and the potential for trading stamps as a bonus and a car wash thrown in. is stili part of tradition in Montana. "I think the gasoline crisis is the biggest ripoff since Manhattan says one station attendant. NOT MUCH TRAFFIC Montana drivers who stay at 55 miles an hour or under are at best few and at worst a traffic hazard. There is not much traffic, but it rolls along quickly. The driver pulls into a service station in Great Falls, nods assent to "fill and steps into the station to escape the cold. The driver gets a sudden start when he notices his car missing from the pump. It soon reappears, clean. "You get a wash job with more than 10 gallons and you needed the attendant explains. For decades, Montana had no speed limit in the daytime outside of a generally unenforceable guideline that drivers conduct themselves in a way that is "reasonable and prudent" according to conditions. Visitors have been heard to remark that Montana funeral processions move faster than traffic on the New York Thruway. Now there is a state bill that mandates what is likely the only "if you don't mind" speed limit in the U.S. The bill specifies that daytime speeders should be fined just a little unless the ticketing officer finds the offender's driving habits not "reasonable and prudent." A legislative committee recommended a fine for most daytime speeders. But some among the 100 members of the Montana House of Representatives said the fine was only a sham. A majority agreed and the fine was increased to f5. State figures show gasoline sales up II per cent. Asked to explain the incidence of state plenty in the midst of a U.S.- wide gas poverty, a bureaucrat said he found the situation curious. The best to you from Palm. Ice Cream. PRLM PAUM DAWKS UMITEQ Dateline Alberta Trade mission planned EDMONTON (CP) The provincial government is planning a trade mission to Brazil late in March or early in April, Dave McEachran, deputy minister of industry and commerce, said Tuesday. Mr. McEachran will lead the mission, including four or five officials from his department and the Alberta Export Agency, in a joint effort intended to boost the sale of coking coal and sulphur and the purchase of iron. Under such a program, the vessels and trains that hauled coal to Alberta could haul back the ores for direct- reduction processing in the province. Farmers seek damages NEW NORWAY (CP) Farmers forced to leave their homes last October when a Sun Oil Co. gas well blew out of control say they plan to, continue fighting for damages. George Calvin, president of the national farmers' union local, says he will enlist the help of the provincial agriculture department's farmers' advocate. Sun Oil has said it is'not prepared to deal with any more damage claims from the Oct. 2 blowout which forced the evacuation of about 500 persons when deadly hydrogen sulphide began spewing from the well. New rule for aldermen CALGARY (CP) City council approved, ll-to-2, Mayor Rod Sykes' motion requiring aldermen to declare land interests within five miles of city limits. "The question is whether council is to become a' speculative paradise or whether it will disclose the activities of the mayor said. The mayor has charged that some aldermen profited from land deals. Energy hearings booked EDMONTON (CP) The energy resources conservation board is going to take another look at Alberta's future energy requirements because of anticipated new developments in the petrochemical field. The board announced today that it will reopen hearings into the province's demand for energy and energy resources through the year 2001. The hearings had been closed Sept. 28, 1972, after several weeks of discussion. The new hearings will begin June 4 in Calgary. Rapist goes to jail EDMONTON (CP) A 17- year-old Edmonton youth who broke into a house and raped a 65-year-old woman was sentenced Tuesday to a four- year penitentiary term. John McDonald Hartt pleaded guilty last weekend to a break-in Oct. 18, when he entered a house, struck the woman across the face with a flashlight and attacked her. Court was told the youth's mother believed his problems were caused by the use of drugs and alcohol. Serious problem exists in school tax system EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta School Trustees' Association says a serious problem exists in the division of corporate school taxes between public and separate schools but stops short of making specific recommendations on how to 1 correct the problem. The association, in a statement, said it endorses the report of a committee it established last year to look into the question of corporate school tax assessments. The committee was asked by Education Minister Lou Hyndman to help the province decide what should be done about dividing the taxes. Existing legislation states that a corporation's school taxes must be divided according to the religious affiliation of its shareholders. Holding companies are considered to have no religious identification and the taxes go to public schools. Critics of the system say the law should be amended so that corporate school taxes are divided according to the number of students in each system. 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