Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 15, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta
Thursday, 15, 1972 THE IETHBRIDGE HERALD 19 Riot and demons tration control plan would involve police, military As the population ot Leth- hriclgc swells, say city police and cily officials, so docs Ihe chance of a serious riot or demonstration. To this end, the police de- partment has developed a riot and demonstration plan, en- dorsed May 29 by city council and now under consideration by Attorney General Merv Leitch for inclusion in an over- all Emergency Police Service Plan for the province. A Herald police source said the cily riot and demonslralion plan sets forth procedures which will be followed by police in the event of a major disturbance- Final authority over the func- tioning of Hie emergency plan is the responsibility of Ihe attorney-general. Disturbances which might lake place in Lcthbridgc, as set out in the plan, can be classi- fied in two distinct catagories: probable and improbable, the city plan says. To classify as a "probable" type riot or demonstration the disturbance must first be be- lieved by the police to include a PROCLAMATION reasonable number of be planned for a specific pur- pose, be controlled within a 24- hour lime limit and be large enough lo possibly require help from the local subdivision of the RCMP along wilh all personnel of the city police department. A demonstration or riot would be classified as an "im- probable" type if it were con- sidered to be political or sub- versive in nature, could not be controlled within a 24-hour time period and involved local or provincial governments. HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN CHARGES AND COMMANDS AH PERSONS BEING ASSEMBLED IMMEDIATELY TO DISPERSE AND PEACEABLY TO DEPART TO THEIR HABITATIONS OR TO THEIR LAWPUL BUSINESS UPON THE PAIN OF BEING GUILTY OF AN OFFENSE FOR WHICH, UPON CONVICTION, THEY MAY BE SENTENCED TO IMPRISONMENT FOR LIFE. GOD SAVE THE QUEEN (The proclamation from Ihe "Riot Act" in the Criminal Code of Canada.) Police equipped for trouble Chief of Police Ralph Michel- son has said he does not be- lieve Lethbriclge needs a riot and demonstration policing plan, but one should be made if the occasion ever arises. A Herald informant said the police seem well-prepared and equipped to cope with a riot situation. A partial list of available city police equipment includes: 12 riot helmets and face shields, seven respirators (gas 18 crowd control batons and 60 pairs of metal handcuffs, sup- plemented hy 25 pairs of dis- posable plastic cuffs. The police also seem well- equipped in the category of available firepower, with 58 re- volvers; a 37 m.m. gas gun; two 12-gauge riot shotguns; two high-power rifles, one with a telescopic sight; two 12-gauge grenade launchers, 23 gas gre- nades, 12 hand or launch-type Stories by LARRY BENNETT Herald Staff Writer J grenades; eight special long range bursting gas shells, sev oral long-range gas shells; and other crowd control devices. including one illuminating flare for night use. Use of the previously-men- tioned devices will be greatly affected by the weather. Damp cool weather will cause the gases to linger in the same area, while warm, windy wea- ther will cause them to dissi- pate loo rapidly for maximum effect. Wind direction is also an im- portant consideration. High velocity wind blowing away from the crowd will reduce the effectiveness of the gas, while wind blowing toward the police will require them to use gas masks when using the gas. Cameras would be used Informers cannot possibly supply all of the information wanted by the police during or after a riot or demonstration situation, and for this reason the policing plan calls for spe- cial use of city police identifi- cation section men. Identification section person- nel will attend the disturbance scene with motion and still pic- ture cameras to record acts of violence and, if at all possible, the ringleaders involved. A member of Ihe identifica- tion section will also be situated in a strategically located van- lage point and will use a spotting scope and still picture camera equipped with a 400 m.m. Iclephoto lens (the equi- valent of an eight power tele- A portable videotape machine may also be used. Members of Ihe identification section in plain clothes will also be assigned to move in the crowd and record the names of the ringleaders. Information sought will in- clude the date and the time of the incident, the names of the organizers or sponsors, the sympathetic groups involvec and the primary target. Other necessary information will include any groups actini against the disturbance, the a! ternate targets of action, tin extent of preparation of the supporters and whether or no they wore armed, groups wliicl may have helped the police length of the disturbance ant the names of the chief agita tors. Members of the local RCM1 subdivision security section wil available to aid the cit; police if needed, before o during the riot. Prisoner arrangements set In a riot or demonstration situation special precautions wilt be needed by the police for handling prisoners. The Herald has been told the police riot plan says each per- son arrested during the dis- turbance will be finger-printed and photographed for identifi- cation purposes. No mention is made about INSURANCE LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES ITD. ESTABLISHED lower Floor 517 4lh S. Phone 327-1541 what will bo done with lliis in- formaUon once the disturbance and subsequent legal actions are at an end. Matrons or special duly policewomen will be available to deal with female prisoners. Plans bave been made to supply enough guards and es- corts to allow members of Ihe arresting force to return to duty after Ihe delivery of pris- oners. A transportation motor pool will be established for the rapid transportation of p r i s o ner from Ihe scene and adequal numbers of guards will be o duty to prevent the freeing o prisoners by a mob action. A special diarist will be o continual duty lo record all Hi particulars about each arrest. Ten city buses and up to private buses will be availabl for transportation of prisoners Private trucks, station wag ons, and motorcycles would b available for moving police o military personnel. Communications An essential part of policing a riot and demonstration situa- tion is the communications available as well as help from city public service depart- ments, a police source told The Herald. A FATHER'S HAPPINESS IS KNOWING SOMEONE CARES EXPRESS YOUR AFFECTION WITH A UNIQUE GIFT FROM ALBERT MEN'S APPAREL FORTREL SLACKS By Doy'i Parker if SPORT SHIRTS By Arrow Lancer KNIT SHIRTS By Mr. Jeff, lancer A Arrow STRAW HATS SWEATERS By Stetson By While Ram Wolscy if GIFT CERTIFICATES if PYJAMAS CASUAL JACKETS By Arrow Mr. By Craft Ulex ALBERT'S MEN'S APPAREL 331 5th ST. S. OPEN 7HURS. FRI. TILL P.M. Radio communication durin such a disturbance will be sup ilied mainly by the city, wil 15 mobile units, 11 walkic alkies and one base static available. Cily police will supply an ad ditional seven units, nin walkie-talkies and a base uni A further 45 mobile units wi provided by Ihe Albert Motor Association, Catgar Power Lid., CP Hails, Ihe widgc Amateur Radio Clul :he Lelhbridge Radio Club nn the dislrict provincial park units. Public service capabilitie available in a riot or demon stration situation include fu 'ircfighling capabilities. Protection will be supplied t lirefighters in some areas, bu no firefighting commitment wi bo made in areas where snipin is prevalent. The cily fire department ha no capability for water-spra crowd-control, The Herald wa told. Receives degree Larry J. Allan of Lethbridgi has received the degree i master of business administr; (ion, from the University i Manitoba, Winnipeg, at i spring convocation. Mr. Allan, son of Mr. an Mrs. Anthony Szczcsny of Let bridge, received his elementar and high school education Lcthbridge. He attended the LethbridL Community College, Gonzai University in Spokane, Was ant! the University of Man toba, majoring in marketing n llio event of a "probable" it or demonstration the plan lis for existing city police ntion facilities to be used as crational headquarters. The Herald was told the ta- itics are to be used as fol- ws: A representative of the city vcrnment will operate from e office of the chief of police; The office ot the police in- eclor in charge of operations 11 be occupied jointly by the spector and a senior rcpre- ntalive of tlie Lcthbridge CMP subdivision. A representative of the dc- artment of the altorney-gen- will share the office of the olico inspector in charge of vestigallons. Direct communi- ations lo the allorney-gener- 's department at Edmonton available. The local representative of 13 Emergency Measures Or- anization will function from ic office of the administrative olice staff sergeant. The staff sergeant will he in onfrol of the stores within the uilding. Some of the equip- icut stored there includes MO materials. Existing police facilities are ousidered ideal because they re located near each other lave phone service and arc near radio, telephone oilier communications sys- ems. Mobile communications and valkie-lalkies currently avail- able should supply outside com- munications. No mention was made of spe- cial plans if a riot to demon- stration situation arose in West Lethbridge. A secondary control point could be established with an EMO communications trailer, to be used by the officer in charge of field operations, rep- resentatives of all involved unils, for radio communications to city police, RCMP, and the city public works departments. The secondary control point would also be used as a radio base for a radio oper- ator (if and a base o[ operation for crowd control specialists, identification units, police marksman units and ob- servers and members of the news media. In the cvem. of an "improb- able" situation the city police parade room will be used as headquarters for the entire op- eration. Facilities in the parade room headquarters will include the additional installation of at least nine telephones for repre- sentatives of police involved, Canadian Forces (if summon- a representative of the attorney general; representa- tives of the local government, EMO office, local public ser- vice departments, the news media and a spare phone to be used by the St. John Am- bulance Brigade or an emer- gency medical team, Representalives of each force will be provided with walkie- talkies or radio communication wilh their respective forces. Each senior representative will be in charge of the force ha represents. 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