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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 17, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta city police desk ser Wednesday. May 17, 1972 TtR LETHBRIDGE HERALD 17 a busy one Ry LARRY BENNETT 'llcrald Staff Writer Smooth fiinclioning of tho Lelhbridge cily police force during any policeman's beat is (he responsiuilily of iiie station sergeant. The station sergeant han- dles all calls oi' 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 Hie force. There arc four slation ser- geant on Ilio force: Sgl. flay Marnoch, Sgl. Roy Kunz, Sgt. Gordon Stevens and Sgl. 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 Iiave been named permanently to the po- sition. A station sergeant's task varies as greatly as [he 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 por- trayed in the following time log. a-m. SgL Mamoch and Sgl. Hunt arrive at the station. Sgl Marnoch checks the cell blocks while Sgl. Hunt inspects the day shift crew and makes assignments. K a.m. SgL Marnoch re- lieves the night duly station sergeant, Sgl. Hunl leaves station in car for assigned patrol The day shift beat con- stables go to their assigned duly areas. a.m. Sgt. Marnoch checks till for money collecl- ed from parking tickets dur- ing miclniphl 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 acciclcnl con- tinues from lasl shift. a.m. Two youllis come I o police .station I 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 liCMP. a.m. All files check- ed and forwarded to Sgt. Bill Brummilt for use in magis- trate's court later in the morning. a.m Telex message cancelling descrip lions of three cars stolen from Ed- monton is received. Cars have been found. 8.M a.m. Call received from news media requesting any overnight occurrences. They are informed of one ac- cident at intcrscclion of 9lh Ave. and 13th St. N. which resulted in one injury. a.m. Completed re- port form for minor overnight accident deliv e r c d to Sgt. Marnoch. Three parts of the report form separaled 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 Sgl, Marnoch and rung on fill. a.m. Two more park- ing lickets paid. a.m. Overnighl oc- currence sheets checked They include a break in, reported tlicfl of stereo car lapes, a break-in lo a parked car. a break-in ill Fred King Motors Ltd. and a break-in at I'nitc'd Ranihler a.m. Man and daughter come to sfalion in answer to Idler from police slating their licence plale number had been given police following vory minor traffic mishap. Constable assigned to har.dte case. a.m. Call received about losl keys. Persons ad- vised lo come inlo slclion lo look in lost and found. a.m. Parking ticket paid. 8.45 a.m. Young man comes lo station lo present driver's licence he had not had with him when stopped for roulinc 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 lo in- vestigate, occurrence form filled out. a.m. lo 9 a.m. Com- missionaires report for duty, morning mail received, box of screws reported missing from Canadian Freightways found and relumed, a park- ing ticket paid and walking constable rcporls body in an alley body is really a drunk. a.jii. Sgl. 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 mcler repair man checks for listing of any malfunctioning meters. a.m. Bank alarm from Ihe university branch of Uie Bank of Commerce is set off; police car dispatched. a.m. Small accident in front of courthouse report- ed by phone. Constable is dis- palched to investigate. a-m. Calgary RCMP phone requesting information about man in cuslody in Lelh- bridge for false pretences. a.m. Manager ol 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 slick lo Ihe truck 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 9.-IC 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 dll banks have a special checking system and one calis in for all. a.m. Patrol car ad- vised to pick up mail from city hall and bring lo station. a.m. Parking ticket paid. a.m. Another park- ing ticket paid. 9.35 a.m. Tickets re- ceived in mail soiled, count- ed and rung into lill. 'a.in Call reporting (heft of a rolttiller from the north side received, constable dispatched and occurr once slice! started. a.m. Telex received from Edmonton Cily police advising Lclhbridge police lo be o-i the lookout for a stolen car believed lo be driven by two runaway juveniles. Ask- ed lo hold them if apprehend- ed and advise Edmonton po- lice. a.m. Call received with informalion aboul false pretenses charge. Advised to contact detective in charge of case. a.m. Insurance company phones lo get infor- mation about an accident. Is advised of the proper way lo get such information and lold 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 slolen earlier in Ihe morning. a.m. Coffee break. Sgl. Marnoch said Ihis is un- usually quiet day. first in long lime when he could take coffee break. a.m. Back from coffee break. a.m. More parking lickeLs 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 Egt- 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 ?75 and one lickct issued. a.m. Calgary man enters complaint his ear was scratched by girl about 17 years old with a slick as it was parked on a cily slrecl. a.m. Urgent call re- ceived reporting man had jumped from catwalk of (lie high level bridge inlo the riv- er. Two cars dispatched im- mediately. a.m. Police radio reports catwalk is only about 20 reel above the river. a.m. Hilcrly lady reported Ihe loss of a change pur.se with more than Slid in it, (till not know where. Her iiai'ic. ai'c and a description of the purse taken. a-m. Police con- stable at the highway bridge on Highway :t West called in. body spoiled yet. At srmie lime, another constable re- ported seeing the body as it floated past (he view near HIP. highway bridge. Fire depart- ment notified lo take rescue bonl lo the river area. a.m. Hotly sighted floating face down in Ihe wa- ter just soulh of Ihe highway What do you think of the police? SONJA ELKJAR, 14. 2803 6th 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 drug problem in the city a lot of people know about the drag problem ...the police could do a lot belter job enforcing the drug laws. Except for the drug problem Ihey are doing a good job. AH of the policemen I have met are nice guys." BETTY IIITTINGER, 25, Suite 3, 706 mill St. S., sten- ographer for a local law firm: "I've never really encoun- tered any policemen. I haven't really lived in Ixilh- bridge long enough lo form an opinion aboul 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 calching speed- ers, but Ihey should Iry to do more about noisy motor cyc- les in the city." GEORGE RICHARDSON, 20. Lclhbridge. Student: "Naturally it is good we have police often the in- dividual's freedom is abused when Ihe police lake on au- thority Ihey shouldn't have. I Ihiuk a citizens' board should ba set lo regulate police of- ficer's standards. they should become more respon- sive lo (he community, es- pecially to the young people." MARK FULLER, retired, (itli Ave. N.: "The city police are good, except v.-hcn I want them. The big thing wrong w i t h them is when they get a tele- phone complaint they waste Iheir lime coming to Ihe per- son who called rather Ihan going lo the Hung that was complained about in the first place. Why can't Ihey go to the complaint first and then talk lo the person who com- plained if they didn't get enough in Uie phone KEN ROMAN, 32, 1810 J91h Ave. S., musician: "The politicians have hand- ed or the police have taken too much power The police powers and their use of it, especially when dealing wilh criminal law enforce- ment must be radically amended Politicians should be completely exclud- ed from the functionings of Uie police and laws amend- ments are needed in Ihe cri- minal code Lethbridge police should be made lo in- form people of their rights before they question Ihem GEORGE VICKERS, JOOG 13th SI. N., downtown busi- nessman: "If a policeman docs his job Iben that is what he is paid to do. When they do their job no one should gel mr.d or feel police have a job lo do if Ihey 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 he is in no position lo. They seem to be doing all Ihey arc supposed lo, I'm in no position lo know what they aren't doing. T0.1I SCOTT, 26, 1119 3rd Ave. S., gardener: "When were growing up the police were always scoff- ed at we learned lo have a bad idea of them look down on them and we re- remembered the dumb cop personality it isn't al- ways tnic, but (hero still arc some who arc policemen be- cause they can't get any other kind of w ork. Police de- partments should hiive high- er standards and all police should have had special train- ing in some police school or course. DALE MARTINS, 15, C07 25lh St. N., sludent at Wil- son Junior High School: "The RCMP arc pretty good they are well trained and do Ihcir job well, but I don't agree wilh the city police they lake too long to get lo accidents. Ihey don't catch people who commit crimes they should have more Iraining for Ihe city police the cily police should be out calch- ii'g people. bridge, went under and not spoiled again. A two-year-old boy reported lo be crying he was lost was reported to police. Soon after, he was claimed by Iwo 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 Ihe bank of river. Constables could find nothing lo identify the man lefl on catwalk. a.m. Firefighters' boat reported stuck in shal- low waler. Another parking ticket paid. a.m. Warrant for arrest of man found to be al- ready in custody cancelled. a.m. Sgl. Marnoch lo lunch. Relieved by Sgt. Hunt. a.m. Police ad- vised bicycle found, police pa- trol constable radioed lo pick it up and bring to station for possible identification or to be kept wilh other unclaimed bikes. a.m. Call from CJOC about man in river- 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 posilion of body when last seen received, information relayed back. p.m. Bike reported slolen 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 descriplion 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 dispalched. 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 eall re- porting missing dog. p.m. Phone call ra- porting unlocked refrigerator in back yard at 628 6th SI. 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 fick't paid. A visitor signed in to see prisoner in custody. p.m. of money received for parking tickets now S12G since 0 a.m. p.m. Telex alerting city police to be on look-out for escaped prisoner from Fairbanks, Alaska received from Edmonlon and filed. p.m. Radio report firefighlcr boal had some- thing wrong with its steering. p.m. Two mora parking tickets paid. p.m. Compl aln t aboiil vehicle parked in front of 237 14lh SI. N. received, consta'jle assigned lo investi- gate. p.m. Two Indies come lo 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 lo 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 dispalch- 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 of accident on Highway 3 West near bridge reported, con- stable dispatched. p.m. Phone call ask- ing about lost 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 Uie river. p.m. Phone call from CJOC for more inform- ation about body in river. Two more parking tickets paid. p.m. Telex cancell- ing search for slolen 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 Ihe day shift ended, Fire Cliief Rus- sell ordered Uie firefighler 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 Uie boal lo 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, Lclhhridgc cily police con- stable, Lethbridge: "Police week is fine idea, creates better public rela- tions bc.lweell Ihe public ill general and the police. I would like lo see a lot more activities planned for police week, but that decision is up lo Ihe chief." ALEXANDER 11112 20th SI. nician: "The police arc doing a very good job 1 have ab- solutely no complaints about aboul Ibom." Patrol Sgf. Don Hunt MAI1IA KTAl'Il, 17, Coal- hurst, sludrnl r.l Coalhurst finishing high school: "I'm not againsl Ihe police my father had .-in acci- dent and is mad at Ihem. but I'm not. The police 1'vr met could In1 a lol more friendly." Mii.UjiiiitjiU.iti I, kiiti'xi.ui: i SI. A'., sludrnl, Wilson Junior llr'.h "Tlic KC.lll1 ;irc lirclly good, but 1 dun'l like the cily pul- ler only solve -10 per rail of .-ill liie crimes Ihi'V imT.-'lignU' 'Flu1 cily police ni'i'il more training. they .shouldn't, w e a r uni- forms, thru maybi1 they could do a belter job calching poo- plo." Station Sgf. Ray Marnoch ;