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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday. May 17, 1972 TH! LETHBRIDGE HERALD 17 city police desk ser a busy one By LARRY DKNNETT "Herald Staff Writer Smooth functioning of the Lclhbridge cily police force during any policeman's beat is the responsibility of the station sergeant. The station sergeant han- dles all calls or complaints made to the police, and desig- nates which members of the force will handle each situa- tion. He is the operations offi- cer of the force. There arc four station ser- geants on the force: Sgt. Ray Marnoch, Sgt. Roy Kunz, Sgt. Gordon Stevens and Sgt. Cle- sen Schweitzer. Each station sergeant is as- sisted by a patrol sergeant. The men in this position on the force are currently under review, and none have been named permanently to the po- sition. A station sergeant's task varies as greatly as the calls he receives while on duty. A typical day in the life of station sergeant Ray Mar- noch, supported by his patrol sergeant Don Hunt is po''- trayed in the following time log. a-m. Sgt. Mamoch and Sgt. Hunt arrive at the station. Sgt. Marnoch checks the cell blocks while Sgt. Hunt inspects the day shift crew and makes assignments. X a.m. Sgt. Marnoch re- lieves the night duty station sergeant, Sgt. Hunt leaves station in car for assigned patrol. The day shift beat con- stables go to their assigned duty areas. a.m. Sgt. Marnoch checks till for money collect- ed from parking tickets dur- ing midnight shift. Duly ros- ter is checked and completed shows who is at work, on duly and where as- signed. a.m. Informed in- vestigation of accident con- tinues from last shift. a.m. Two youths come t o police station t o register shotguns and rifles and are advised such weap- ons need not be registered. a.m. Files on pris- oners in cells overnight are checked. Persons are in cus- tody for break and enter, wil- ful damage, being a minor in a licenced premises, creating a disturbance in a licenced premises and two being held for RCMP. a.m. All files check- ed and forwarded to Sgt. Bill Brummitt for use in magis- trate's court later in the morning. a.m Telex message cancelling descrip t i o n s of three cars stolen from Ed- monton is received. Cars have been found. 8.16 a.m. Call received from news media requesting any overnight occurrences. They arc informed of one ac- cident at intersection of 9th Ave. and 13th St. N. which resulted in one injury. a.m. Completed re- port form for minor overnight accident deliv e r e d to Sgt. Marnoch. Three parts of the report form separated for oc- currence report, motor ve- hicle branch statement and accident form. a.m. Call received with information about per- son suspected of passing bad cheques: call relayed to de- tective handling case. a.m. Parking ticket payment accepted by Sgt. Marnoch and rung on till. a.m. Two more park- ing tickets paid. a.m. Overnight oc- currence sheets checked. They include a break in, reported theft of stereo car tapes, a break-in to a parked car, a break-in at Fred King Motors Ltd. and a break-in at United Rambler, a.m. Man and daughter come to station in answer to letter from police stating their licence plate number had been given police following very minor traffic mishap. Constable assigned to har.dle case. a.m. Call received about lost keys. Persons ad- vised to come into station to look in lost and found. a.m. Parking ticket paid. 8.45 a.m. Young man comes to station to present driver's licence he had not had with him when stopped for routine traffic check. Li- cence checked and he is told he may leave. a.m. Cancellation telex received about report of missing juvenile. a.m. Phone call re- porting theft of car tapes overnight from a car owned by Brian Franz, 1614 2nd Ave. N. Sgt. Hunt assigned to in- vestigate, occurrence form filled out. a.m. to 9 a.m. Com- missionaires report for duty, morning mail received, box of screws reported missing from Canadian Freightways found and returned, a park- ing ticket paid and walking constable reports body in an alley body is really a drunk. a.m. Sgt. Marnoch remarks the morning is un- usually quiet. a.m. Call requesting information about moving a building by truck received. Person advised to get permit at city hall. a.m. Completed ac- cident form checked and two more parking tickets paid. a.m. City parking meter repair man checks for listing of any malfunctionine meters. a.m. Bank alarm from the university branch of the Bank of Commerce is set off; police car dispatched. a.m. Small accident in front of courthouse report- ed by phone. Constable is dis- patched to investigate. a-m. Calgary RCMP phone requesting information about man in custody in Leth- bridge for false pretences. a.m. Manager of Dallas Hotel comes to desk to lay charges resulting from incident at beer parlor. a.m. Man moving building informs police he has permit and requests the best route is advised to stick to the track route and call in if he has any trouble. a.m. Mother of 52- year-old woman calls to see if she has been arrested on a drunk charge. Advised her daughter has not been arrest- ed. a.m. Bank alarm from the university confirm- ed to be a false alarm. a.m. Person from the Bank of Nova Scotia calls and uses special code to in- form police all banks have been checked and are all right. This reporter informed all banks have a special checking system and one calls in for all. a.m. Patrol car ad- vised to pick up mail from city hall and bring to station, a.m. Parking ticket paid. a.m. Another park- ing ticket paid. a.m. Tickets re- ceived in mail sorted, count- ed and rung into till. Call reporting theft of a roto-tillcr from the north side received, constable dispatched and occurr once shed started. a.m. Telex received from Edmonton City police advising Lcthbridge police to be on the lookout for a stolen car believed to be driven by two runaway juveniles. Ask- ed to hold them if apprehend- ed and advise Edmonton po- lice. a.m. Call received with information about false pretenses charge. Advised to contact detective in charge of case. a.m. Insurance company phones to get infor- mation about an accident. Is advised of the proper way to get such information and told cost of such report is a.m. Man appears at complaint desk to ask about how to handle an acci- dent report. Is advised. a.m, Report com- pleted on tapes stolen earlier in the morning. a.m. Coffee break. Sgt. Marnoch said this is un- usually quiet day, first in long time when he could take coffee break. a.m. Back from coffee break. a.m. More parking tickets paid. a.m. Phone call re- ceived about stolen bagpipe case. Occurrence form filled out, entered in daily list, copy filed under lost and found. a.m. False pre- tenses complaint taken by Sgt. Hunt, report and occur- rences sheets filled and filed. Court date set. a.m. Another park- ing ticket paid. a.m. Another park- ing ticket. a.m. Accident form on accident in front of court house completed, damage only and one ticket issued. a.m. Calgary man enters complaint his car was scratched by girl about 17 years old with a stick as it was parked on a city street. a.m. Urgent call re- ceived reporting man had jumped from catwalk of the high level bridge into the riv- er. Two cars dispatched im- mediately. a.m, Police radio reports catwalk is only about 20 led above the river. a.m. Elderly lady reported the loss of a change purse with more than SiHi in it, did not know where. Her napie. age and a description of the purse taken. a-in. Police con- stable at the highway bridge on Highway :1 West called in. No body spotted yet. At same time, another constable re- ported seeing the body as it floated past the view near thp. highway bridge. Fire depart- ment notified to take rescue boat to the river area. a.m. liody sighted floating face down in the wa- ter just south of the highway What do you think of the SONJA ELKJAR, 14, 2803 6Ul Ave. S., student, Hamilton Junior High School: "The police do a lot of good for the city. They are doing a good job keeping and en- forcing the law, but I do think they could clamp down on the drag problem in the city a lot of people know about the drug problem ...the police could do a lot better job enforcing the drug laws. Except for the drug problem they are doing a good job. All of the policemen I have met are nice guys." BETTY IIITTIN'GER, 23, Suite 3, 706 18th St. S., sten- ographer for a local law firm: "I've never really encoun- tered any policemen. I haven't really lived in Ijelh- bridge long enough to form an opinion about the police here. I've never been in trou- ble so I can't judge them that way they seem to be quite good at catching speed- ers, but they should try to do more about noisy motor cyc- les in the city." GEORGE RICHARDSON, 20. Lclhbridge, Student: "Naturally it is good have police often the in- dividual's freedom is abused when the police take on au- thority they shouldn't have. I think a citizens' board should be set to regulate police of- ficer's standards. they should become more respon- sive to the community, es- pecially to the young people." MARK FULLER, retired, SOB Kb Ave. N.: "The city police are good, except when I want them. The big thing wrong w i t b them is when they get a tele- phone complaint they waste their time coming to the per- son who cailed rather than going to the tiling that was complained about in the first place. Why can't they go to the complaint first and then talk to the person who com- plained if they didn't get enough in the phone KEN ROMAN, 32, 1810 19th Ave. S., musician: "The politicians have hand- ed or the police have taken too much power The police powers and their me of it, especially wiien dealing with criminal law enforce- ment must be radically amended Politicians should be completely exclud- ed from the fimctionings of the police and laws amend- ments are needed in the cri- minal code Lethbridge police should be made to in- form people of their rights before they question them GEORGE VICKERS, 1006 13th St. N., downtown busi- nessman: "If a policeman docs his job then that is what he is paid to do. When they do their job no one should get mad or feel police have a job to do if they don't do their job, they should be pe- nalized. It's not up to the man on the street to judge the police because be is in no position to. They seem to be doing all they are supposed to, I'm in no position to know what they aren't doing. TOM SCOTT, 26, 1119 3rd Ave. S., gardener: "When were growing up the police were always scoff- ed at we learned to have a bad idea of them look down on them and we re- remembered the dumb cop personality it isn't al- ways true, but there still are some who are policemen be- cause they can't get any other kind of wrork. Police de- partments should have high- er standards and all police should have had special train- ing in some police school or course. DALE MARTINS, 15, C07 25th St. N., student at Wil- son Junior High School: "The RCMP arc pretty good they are well trained and do their job well, but I don't agree with the city police they take too long to get to accidents. they don't catch people who commit crimes they should have more training for tiic city police the city police should be out catch- ing people. bridge, went under and not spoiled again. A two-year-old boy reported to be crying he was lost was reported to police. Soon after, he was claimed by two broth- ers. a.m. Description of man in river radioed from two men who saw him be- fore he went in. a.m. CJOC radio on phone for information about man in river. Two more parking tickets paid. a.m. Blue hat dis- covered on the hank of river. Constables could find nothing to identify the man left on catwalk. a.m. Firefighters' boat reported stuck in shal- low water. Another parking ticket paid. a.m. Warrant for arrest of man found to be al- ready in custody cancelled. a.m. Sgt. Marnoch to lunch. Relieved by Sgt. Hunt. a.m. Police ad- vised bicycle found, police pa- trol constable radioed to pick it up and bring to station for possible identification or to be kept with other unclaimed bikes. a.m. Call from CJOC about man in nothing new. a.m. Bike reported stolen from Hamilton Junior High, description and licence number given. Constables alerted. a.m. Police radio reports drag-line now being used to look for body in river. Another traffic parking tick- et paid and telephone report about glasses lost in previous day traffic accident received. Advised friend of injured per- son had the glasses. p.m. Police radio request for Uie position of body when last seen received, information relayed back. p.m. Bike reported stolen earlier found by own- er. p.m. Telex report- ing cancellation of descrip- tions of three stolen cars re- ceived and processed. p.m. Phone report of car speeding in playground zone received and description taken. Duty constables in- formed to be on lookout. 1 p.m. Abandoned vehi- cle report investigated on Sce- nic Drive. p.m. Report receiv- ed about motorcycle in coulee area; constable dispatched, p.m. Man at desk to complain about traffic light near College Mall Shopping Centre. p.m. Man In to pay parking ticket, did not have stub, told to wait until pink slip came in the mail. p.m. Two more parking tickets paid p.m. Police radio call received saying no mo- torcycle found in area of com- plaint. p.m. Phone call re- porting missing dog. p.m. Phone call re- porting unlocked refrigerator in back yard at 628 6th St. S. Constable notified to investi- gate. p.m. Refrigerator complaint check and refriger- ator to be removed by own- er. Four parking tickets paid. p.m. Telex report about break, enter and theft of tires in Drumheller receiv- ed and filed. Another parking tick't paid. A visitor signed in to see prisoner in custody. p.m. of money received for parking tickets now S126 since 8 a.m. p.m. Telex alerting city police to be on look-out for escaped prisoner from Fairbanks, Alaska received from Edmonton and filed. p.m. Radio report firefighter boat had some- thing wrong with its steering. p.m. Two mora parking tickets paid. p.m. Complaint about vehicle parked in front of 237 14th St. N. received, consta'jle assigned to investi- gate. p.m. Two ladles come to complaint desk to make a complaint against a careless driver. Information taken. p.m. Man reported both of his bicycle tires were slashed while he was having lunch. Information taken and constable assigned to investi- gate. p.m. Two men to apply for city business per- mits. Taken to identification section for fingerprinting and photographing. p.m. Another park- ing ticket paid. p.m. Phone com- plaint about car parked in driveway at 803 6th Ave. S. received; constable dispatch- ed to investigate. p.m. Woman want- ing to purchase dog licence advised to do so at city hall, no licences now sold at po- lice station. p.m. Two more tick- ets paid one after a 10 min- ute argument. p.m. CHEC radio phone call about man in river nothing new. Two more parking tickets paid. 3 p.m. Two more un- claimed bicycles discovered, report radioed in. Report accident on Highway 3 West near bridge reported, con- stable dispatched. p.m. Phone call ask- ing about last dog received: party advised to contact ani- mal shelter, p.m. Telex report concerning missing juvenile in northern Alberta received and filed. p.m. Night duty warden phoned and told to come in for prisoners being held overnight. p.m. Two men and one woman convicted of ille- gal entry into Canada in ma- gistrate's court earlier in af- ternoon booked into cells. p.m. Two cars park- ed near the high level bridge inspected, licence numbers taken, owners found on list of registrations as possible vic- tims in the river. p.m. Phone call from CJOC for more inform- ation about body in river. Two mere parking tickets paid. p.m. Telex cancell- ing search for stolen car re- ceived and processed. p.m. Probable Iden- tification of man in river es- tablished following a check of car registration, employer and family. p-m. Constable dis- patched to investigate report of abandoned car on Mayor Magrath Drive. p.m. Another park- ing ticket paid, bringing af- ternoon total to or for the day shift. 4 p.m. Shift over. Shortly after the day shift ended, Fire Chief Wilf Rus- sell ordered Uie firefighter rescue boat to cease opera- tions because the search area was too large, the river cur- rent was too swift and the river water was too dirty for tlie boat to operate. City police and RCMP maintained an onshore vigil for the body, but nothing was has since been spotted. MICHAEL S O H O K A, 25 Lcthbridge city police con- stable, Lethbridge "Police week is fine idea, It creates better public rela- tions between the public in general and the police. I would like to see a lot more activities planned for polico week, hut, that decision is up lo the chief.' It 20tli St.. N., nu'inn "Tlic police arc doing n X'CPr" flood job, I have ab- solutely no complaints about, nitwit MAIilA STAUH, 17. Coal, student r.l Coalhurst finishing high school "I'm not againsl the polieo my father had an acci- dent and is mad at them, but I'm not. The police I've met could be a lot more friendly." CAI.K Ml'Kl.I.KH. !.V 00r> SI. A'., studrnl, Wilson Junior lliuli Srhiiol The RCMP an- pretty good, but 1 don'! liko the cily pol- ice they only solve -H) prr ccnl of all liie crimes Ihi'V inve.sligaU1 Tin1 city police need more training. they shouldn't w o a r uni- forms, then maybe they could do a belter job catching peo- ple." Patrol Sgt. Don Hunt Station Sgt. Ray Marnoch ;