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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 13, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 22 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD _ Thunday, July 13, 1973 Law students learning problems of modern police force from inside VICTORIA (CD Four law students arc learning about the problems of a mod- ern police the in- side. Tho of them a working this summer on the Victoria city police force as part of 71 unique program designed lo teach Uiem some of the prob- lems faced by police officers. "They're learning, that po- licemen know a lot more about the law than they said Constable Lou Trucsdale, an veteran on the Victoria forco. "TlAs program's oUier forces across the coun- try should get inlo it." Tliis is the third year of the Victoria force's program lo hire students for the four summer months, bul the stu- dents Karen Nordlinger, Tony Peyton, Joseph Scuby and Robert Glazier, won't rise above the status of probation- ary officers. Though several of Ihc stu- dents, both this year and in past years, haw asked to re- cnlisl, Cliief Constable John Gregory says the program should be spread around as much as possible. Three olher students, Alan Peterson, Hamar Foster and Mike O'Connor, arc in a simi- lar program in neighboring Saanich. HOLIDAY SALE J313B 1966 FORD COUNTRY SEDAN WAGON White wilh blue interior, 9 passenger, 428 V3 automatic, power steering, power brakes and radio. HOLIDAY AT 1776 JIM STARNER FREE 50 GALS. OF GAS Res. Phone 8-1859 HCOLLeae MeHcuRy 1718-3rd Ave. S. Phone 327-5763 Mr. Glazier has finished two years of law nt Ilic University of Saskatchewan while (tie other Ihree have completed their first year al the Univcr- sily of British Columbia. "We usually confine Ihc pro- gram lo Vicloria-arca resi- dents, but. Glazier was so per- sistent, we let him said Ray Maitland, deputy chief. Both students and police arc enthusiastic. "We get very little on law enforcement in law school. This is quite an said Mr. Peyton. Their salary is the same as that if a probationary consta- a amount negotiated in the policemen's union contract and Mr. Pey- ton admits the department probably is paying them more than they're worth. "They probably take a loss on us because of our lack of he said. KEEP FORCE UP Chief Gregory says Hie stu- dents are helpful in keeping the force at full staf! during summer vacations, but more important as moulders of opinion. "These are the future mem- bers of Parliament, judges, lawyers, public he said. "T h e y '11 have first-hand knowledge of what we face in the streets and in handling do- mestic of the problems the law doesn't cover." Miss NordUnger says the students have already learned from the job. "We took the Bail Reform Act in school, but here wo can see some of the problems as- sociated with she said. "From a law-enforcement point of view, creating quite a said Mr. Peyton. The act makes bail easier for most people accused of a crime and also lowers amounts of bail in many cases. "The basic premise of the act is that a person is inno- cent until he's gone to trial but what's happened is that a lot of people are on the street who shouldn't Mr. Pey- ton said. "It's causing a great prob- lem tracking down people who have failed to appear." Mafia down under? SYDNEY, Australia (AP) Top security and police officials are investigating the possibility that Mafia money is coming into Australia from the United States. Len S. J. Harper, deputy commissioner of the national police, said there was "possible evidence" that Mafia funds are bankrolling slot machine opera- tions and being put into other ventures. Chief Gregory said the learning process is a two-way street. "Undoubtedly the exposure Is of benefit to members of our force in that they are working with university stu- dents and gain a better under- standing of he said. The chief said he had re- ceived an endorsement of tho program from federal Justice Minister Otlo Lang, but an ap- plication for an Opportunities for Youth grant to finance the project had been turned down. He said he would like to see other police forces, especially those in larger centres, adopt the program. Marijuana possession almost always brings fine By GLENNIS ZILM OTTAWA (CP) The prac- tice of jailing marijuana users for simple possession of the drug appears on its way out. In effect, this means the principle behind recommenda- tions of the federal Le Dain commission on non-medical use of drugs is being prac- tised in the courts. The five- member commission agreed in their report issued May 17 that criminal prosecutions for simple possession of cannabis plant form of marijuana and be more harmful than the present known effects of the drug. The commission, which split in its recommendations on hoy, to deal with this problem, submitted three reports. The three-man majority, including chairman Gerald Le Dain, re- tiring dean of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, rec- COLLEGE MALL KICK OFF TO WHOOP-UP DAYS SATURDAY. JULY See all the Cowboys and Cowgirls All Suited Up for this Exciting Day. CREAM MOUNTAIN DEW All 3 for only TO THE FIRST 1000 CUSTOMERS Served by the LCI BAND UNIFORM COMMITTEE ALL PROCEEDS TO THE LCI BAND City Packers HOT DOG ON A McGavin's Bun COLD DRINK BY Mountain Dew Silverwood's DIXIE CUPS Don't Forget Sat., July 15th is the final day of the Amateur Talent Show to p.m. BREAD Whilo Thoy last You Muit Present This Coupon FREE PARKING at COLLEGE MALL MAYOR MAGRATH DRIVE and 20th AVE. S. iii COUPON CUP THIS COUPON 1 PER CUSTOMER FREE BREAD WHIIE THEY LAST ommcndcd that simple pos- session of cannabis be made legal. The two minority reports straddled this view, one rec- ommending that all Criminal Code reference to cannabis be lifted and the drug be made available in the same manner as alcohol. The other recom- mended that prohibition of cannabis be maintained but that fines rather than jail sen- tences be used to deter simple possession. FINES HIGHER It is this last view that seems currently to be fol- lowed in the courts, although fines still are somewhat higher lhan those recom- mended in the minority repirt by Ian Campbell, dean of arts at Sir George Williams Uni- versity in Montreal. He had recommended fines for first offences Ijy and for subse- quent offences 5100. In an interview recently, T. R. McKim, director of the health department's bureau of dangerous drugs, said re- search shows fines are used almost exclusively for charges of simple possession of cannabis. "It's rare for a jail sentence for a first-time, simple-posses- sion charge." His bureau's statistics show that 93 per cent of al] those charged in 1971 with simple possession received only a fine or probation or suspended sentence. In comparison, 46 per cent in 19G7 got jail terms and 33 per cent in 1969. However, fines In Ontario averaged about ?100, he said. For simple possession con- victions, in sentences of more than four years were handed .out and only one-quarter of ono per cent received sen- tences of one year or more. "It's fair to say that in cases where there is a term of imprisonment, there usually is another factor. Either it is a second or third conviction or there was some other asso- ciated charge, such as dan- gerous driving." The bureau's statistics show convictions involving cannabis in 1971. Of these, or 89 per cent were for simple possession. Ontario had the largest pro- portion of convictions, with or 42 per cent. British Columbia wcs second with or 23 per cent and Quebec was third with or 14 per cent. The largest number of con- victions for simple possession was in the age group 18 to 20 years. Of the convic- tions, were in this aga group. There were convictions Involving persons under age 18. Eighty-five per cent of all convictions for simple posses- sion involved persons under 25. Women still have a long way a go to reach an equal illegal 'ooting for such convictions. Men outnumber women 10 to 1. Worth report distribution rapped by book retailers CALGARY (CP) Some local book retailers are com- plaining that reports of the commission on educational planning have been given first Safeway Stores for distribu- ion rather than bookstores. The Worth report, produced 'or the provincial government by Dr. Walter Wortli, sells at D with the handlers getting a ?1 commission. E. F. Brackman, local Safe- way advertising manager, said :he chain ordered 800 copies and many stores were quickly sold out. Another 800 copies are to be ordered. David Fallis of Fallis Books said after he found out about the sales at Safeway lie ordered only three copies, which he has yet to receive. "I was pretty mad I'm not out selling orange juice why are they selling books? Carmen Moore of Carmen Moore Books said she solfl about six copies but have cancelled 12 preliminary orders because they were abS to get the report sooner at Safeway. "I was quite annoyed. I don't object if they want to sell there, but I do object to the de- lay in getting ours 10 days affter Safeway." A government spokes man said a marketing survey show- ed that Safeway stores reached 75 per cent of the shopping pub- lic "so it was decided this would be the most useful strat- egy." FREE ON BAIL Humberlo Pagan raises his arm In a viclory sign oulsido the immigration appeal board in Ot- tawa offer being froca1 on baif. The Puorlo Rican has been In (ail sinco October fighting ex- tradition and dcporlalion. Ho is wanlod in Puorlo Rico on charges of killing ci policeman during a riot in March, 1971. ;