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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - March 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 - THE UETHBRIDGE HERALD - Friday, March 23, 1973 'Police left unprepared by inefficient training' By WARREN CAHAGATA Herald Staff Writer Police training is generally outmoded and inefficient, and does not prepare the police officer to deal with the problems he will face, the weekly meeting of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs was to?d Thursday. "Training is mis - directed away from what the real job of a policeman is," Dr. Keith Henderson, assistant professor of police science at Weber State College, Ogden, Utah, said. "When you analyze what role the policeman has, you find he rarely needs his gun, and yet police training is concentrated in these areas," he said. Police officers should receive instruction in sociology, psychology _ the humanizing courses -in order to equip the policeman to understand the problems and attitudes of the people they deal with. And, he said, police training courses should be taught by civilian instructors. "If another policeman is training a recruit, the prejudices and attitudes of the police force are impressed in that recruit." The role of the police is expanding and the society is changing, and police, because they are a social institution, must be taught to deal with family disputes and juvenile problems, for example, in a way which will help people come to grips with their problems, he said. Policemen must act more as social workers, although most of them get upset if you call them that, Dr. Henderson said. In answer to a question, he said that police have all the attitudes of a typical minority group. They are defensive, they turn to their own group for support, and they lash out when criticized, and consequently, it is difficult to get them to "clean house," because they cover up their mistakes. Aid. Vera Ferguson, a member of the Lethbridge Police Commission, attended the meet- ing, and afterwards, said she agreed with many of the things Dr. Henderson said. The problems in Lethbridge are not as sevei*e as they are in other centres, she said, and the minority group point made by Dr. Henderson doesn't apply completely in this city. "Their role is changing," Aid. Ferguson said, "and police have' to be concerned with more than just punishment." Police training in the city is inadequate, said said, and the police commission would be making an effort to up-grade in-service training. Police, students talk law purpose Prosecutors and judges have considerably more education but policemen have the most discretion in applying the law, a law enforcement seminar was told Thursday. An assistant professor of police science at an American college also said that many laws making illegally obtained evidence inadmissable in court have been introduced merely to curb police misconduct. Dr. Keith Henderson from Weber State College in Utah, and a former Los Angeles police officer, made his remarks at a police - community relations seminar sponsored by Lethbridge Community College. It was attended by police officers from Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Edmonton, and Coal-dale, and by students enrolled in the LCC's law enforcement program. Dr. Henderson told the group of 50 how American law restricts police actions and protects accused persons from unlawful 'arrest and search, and from giving self - incriminating evidence. In Utah, he said, a person is allowed to resist an unlawful of arrest by any means short using "deadly force." He agreed with one person who pointed out that many people do not understand the law and may, therefore, injure policemen unnecessarily. "However," Dr. Henderson said, "there are few remedies against police misc o n duct," since it is often difficult to get a prosecutor to lay a charge against a policeman, and then expect officers will testify against one of their own. Mr. K. E. Riley, a law enforcement instructor at LCC, said the law has been designed to give reasonable protection to the public, and insure that only a few innocent people are convicted of crimes. "The law was not written to convict all guilty people, and if it was, people writing laws are not very well educated," he said. Mr. Riley asked how the rights of the accused could be balanced with law enforcement. "The law must be equally applied, but it must be enforced by the spirit of the law, not the letter," he said. Lalonde to tour south, speak at U of L Saturday Car collision injures two Two superficial injuries and $2,800 damage resulted in an intersection collision at 6th A Ave. and 13th St. N. at noon Thursday. Cars driven by James A. Mal-comson, 19, and Lome D. Selk, 26, both of the city, were in collision. Canada's minister of health and welfare is scheduled to deliver a speech "of national concern" Saturday at the University of Lethbridge. Marc Lalonde, Liberal cabinet minister from Montreal-Outremont, will attend the U of L awards banquet and while in Southern Alberta for that event will tour facilities for the 1975 Canada Winter Games. A spokesman for the provincial department of culture, youth and recreation said Mr. THE SALVATION ARMY ANNUAL TURKEY TAKE-OUT HOT TURKEY SUPPER DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR Sat, March 31 Phone 327-3742 or 328-8611 or 328-0523 Ticket* Should be Purchased by Wed., March 28. Lalonde is expected to announce a major policy during the awards banquet concerning the future of amateur sports in Canada. Mr. Lalonde will arrive in Lethbridge at 8:50 Saturday morning and will leave by helicopter immediately for West Castle where he will try out the ski slopes. Other stops on the tour will be Pincher Creek, Fort Mac-leod and the Kainai Arena in Standoff. A coffee party in Lethbridge at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant is scheduled for 4 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to the coffee party as well as the receptions for the minister at West Castle, 9:40. a.m., Pincher Creek, 1 p.m., Fort Macleod, 1:30 p.m. and Standoff, 2 p.m. About 300 persons are expected for the awards dinner which begins at 6:30 p.m. SAVE NO WISE SNOWMOBILERS Shop now and buy your new Skiroule at less than 1974 wholesale prices First buyers have their choice of a free suit, or pair of boots, or a case of oil COME ON IN AND DEAL ONLY 6 NEW MACHINES LEFT 2-RTX 440s, 1-300, 1-RT300T, 1-RT 300, 1-RT 340 SACRIFICE PRICES OK GOOD USED MACHINES 3 ONLY - AS LOW AS ^ | FULL WARRANTY APPLIES FOR NEXT WINTERS USE ATTENTION OWNERS OF EL CAMINOS and RANCHEROS NOW IN STOCK, THE BEAUTIFUL NEW GEM-TOPS Mommy, rubber ducky and me Sixteen-month old Travis Kirkpatrick shows mom Margie, 425' 26th St. 5. he Is as capable in the wafer as his friend, the duck. Travis is one of 80 children between the ages of about 1 Vi years and five years old enrolled in the YMCA pre-school swimming class. Sessions are held Wednesday and Friday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday afternoons and last for 10 weeks. Classes are split into two half-hour parts with the first 30 minutes spent in the gym and the second in the pool. With a YMCA membership, the fee is $10. Without a membership it's $20. rick ervin photos GLASSFAB All fibreglats toppers for Import Pickups. Only..... Also a good variety of lopi to fit any fleetiide 8 foot box. From ................. $319 to fit any $339 SHOP EARLY FOR BEST SELECTION OF COLORS AND OPTIONS CHINOOK OUTDOOR SALES AND SERVICE 5th Ave and 5th St. S. Phone 328-4916 Major impact on region Committee to study river valley park status A subcommittee of the community services advisory committee is being formed to review the status of the whole Oldman River valley in Lethbridge. The river valley area is considered large enough that development oE it to its full po- tential for recreational use could have a major impact on the region. John Anderson (SC - Lethbridge East) said in the legislature earlier this week a provincial park could be developed near Indian Battle Park, as part of the government's plan to put provincial parks in cities. Land has already been purchased to establish a park in the Fish Creek area in South Calgary during the next 10 years and a park is planned for Edmonton, although the lo- U of L admission method won't change Elimination of Grade 12 departmental examinations will have little affect on the University of Lethbridge, academic vice - president Dr. Owen Holmes said today. Dr. Holmes said the replacement of departmentals by teacher-evaluated marks will result in changes at more of ihe individually accredited schools, not the university. "I do not expect the U of L's approach to these schools will undergo any changes. I do not forsee any immediate change in U of L admission methods or regulations. "We have dealt with individually accredited schools in the Lethbridge area in the past and have found the arrangement successful. "We expect to continue to deal with individual schools and students on a one-to-one basis, con- sidering the merits of each," Dr. Holmes said. University of Alberta president Dr. Max Wyman has said he expects a vast increase in the number of students seeking admission to the U of A, which has been experiencing a decline in full-time enrolment. Dr. Wyman said a "60 per cent average may mean different things at different schools and there is a danger the university may exclude good students. He said the U of A must watch its admission regulations closely. He said the faculties and schools are not yet prepared to change their matricula-ticn requirements but} will eventually have to decide "how they arrive at the averages they require." 15th Lethbridge Cub and Scout Group BOTTLE DRIVE North Lethbridge, Saturday, Mar. 24 Between 9 a.m. and 12 Noon A* this 1� the boys' only source of funds, wo ask your support Special pickups can be phoned to 328-1993 on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 12 Neon cation has not yet been announced. Lethbridge parks superintendent Bill Brown said Thursday his department is aware of the Calgary and Edmonton provincial parks and is interested in the concept. The thinking at the moment is that the river valley has to be considered as a unit, he said. "Provincial, federal, or regional participation could well be part of that unit." Mr. Brown said several ways in which a river valley recreational development might be financed and operated would likely be considered by the newly - formed subcommittee. Because of the nature of what it would be, it could have a recreational impact for miles around, he said. Without a doubt the area up-river from Indian Battle Park will be more widely used as a park area, he added. QUALITY DENTURE CLINIC EDDY DIETRICH Certified Dental MechanK Capitol Furniture Bldg. m* PHONE 328-7684 MB THE . . . LETHBRIDGE COUNTRY CLUB INVITES . . . MEMBERS and THEIR GUESTS TO A FREE COFFEE and DONUT PARTY at the CLUBHOUSE Saturday and Sunday This Week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. COME ANO MEET YOUR new PRO and MANAGER and play tome golf (weather permitting) 74 ;