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November 23, 1975

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POCATELLO, IDAHO, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 1975 IDAHO STATE JOURNAL-SECTION A-PAGE 5 POLICE WATCH Crime Drops In Pocatello By RANDIE BARTHLOME Pocatello Police Officer Received the crime statistics for Idaho and Pocatello for the first nine months of this year. CRIME INDEX OFFENSES (murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and motor vehicle thefts) were up 5.9 per cent for Idaho while Pocateilo's decreased 12 per cent. For the state, burglaries increased 11.9 per cent, larcenies 2.6 per cent and motor vehicle thefts 8 per cent. Pocateilo's rate, on the other hand, decreased by 20 per cent in burglaries, 12 per cent in larcenies and 12 per cent in motor vehicle thefts. Crime Prevention efforts in Pocatello have become a community effort, but we can't afford to allow this reduction in these crimes to lull us into dropping our guard. Already in October and November burglaries have climbed. Seems that crooks are never lulled into inactivity. Many programs aimed at reducing crime are now in effect locally. The backbone of these is citizen participation. CURIOUS TO FIND OUT what's happening in the area you live? Officers from the Police Department's Crime Prevention Bureau are available for speaking engagements to civic organizations, church groups, schools, etc. Whereas you may hear about one or two crimes that occurred in your neighborhood, we keep track of all of them. Spot maps kept on various crimes help pinpoint problem areas and are an effective visual aid in explaining where the high crime areas are located. You might be surprised at just how much activity there is in your seemingly quiet, uneventful neighborhood. Tough Questions Posed For Lawmen in Classes You are patrolling a highway when you find an unoccupied vehicle that has hit a guard rail and come to rest against a tree. An unconscious person with no obvious injuries is located several yards dosvn the road. What would you do? A 25-year-old woman in a · distant farmhouse states she is in labor. How do you administer to her needs? These are only two of the questions answered by Idaho Law Enforcement Officers during a 40-hour crash injury management classroom and field training course sponsored by the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The major emphasis of the crash injury management course is on emergency care at the scene of an accident. "The Idaho plan for an Emergency Medical services system (EMS) calls for the training ot all law enforcement officers in crash injury management," said Jerry E. Myers, course leader and EMS Bureau Coordinator for Region VI, Department of Health and Welfare. "The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is working toward this goal," he continued. Twelve Pocatello-based State Police Officers and the Chief of Police from Rockland have completed the course. All Region VI State Police Officers are now certified emergency care officers from training which began a year ago. "The law enforcement officer is usually the first professional emergency official at the scene of an accident," Myers said. "His ability to provide a critically injured person with aid until an ambulance arrives can mean the different between life and death for many." Steel Company Hikes Prices PITTSBURGH (AP) -- National Steel Corp. announced today it was raising prices on its tin mill products, used primarily in beverage containers, effective next Jan. 15. It was not immediately known what impact the increase might have on consumers. The company declined to be specific about the price changes, saying only that the net effect would be to increase revenues from steel mill products by 2 per cent. --JOIN NOW- YMCA HEALTH CLUB --SPECIAL OFFER-- ON MEN'S WOMEN'S YEARLY . ATHLETIC CLUB MEMBERSHIPS MENS Reg. 135.00 Now 100°' WOMENS Reg. 60.00 Now 50°' This offer is for one week only! From November 24th to Dec, 1 and is for new members only. 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On Friday Critchell became the firs: graduate of the five- week POST course, which is required of all Idaho police officers during their first year of work, with a prosthesis. Critchell had to cope with more than just the physical handicap of an artificial leg--a policy of the POST Council in Boise forbids the enrollment of anyone not having all natural limbs. In fact, he was in jeopardy of being forced out of police work until a public uproar that reached all the way to the governor's mansion, and ED CKnrilELL Self Improvement indeed, even the While House, made itself heard. Then, after a look at Critchell's impeccable 10-month record with the Shoshone police, who were unaware of the POST policy when he was hired, it was agreed he should be given an opportunity. "We did not lower the standards or make any exceptions; he had to pass all the tests that everyone else had to take," said Larry Plott, director of the ISU POST Academy. And oasf all the tests is what Critchell did. He scored 87.5 per cent on the physical exercises-a score only two of his classmates could better. The tests used such barometers as a 120-yard run and wrestling matches to rate the students. Critchell's leg was shattered in 19G9 by a land mine in Vietnam, where he was serving in the firsl month of an overseas tour as a Marine. His lower body was riddled with shrapnel, and he had several bullet wounds in his lower abdomen. "I guess you could say someone was trying to get me," Crilchell said, lie was awarded the purple heart and the bronze star. He spent the next six months in military hospitals recovering from his wounds, and the treatment included "at least four or five" surgical operations. "People thought 1 was taking it really well, but people really don't see the turmoil that goes on inside," said Crilchell. An artificial leg was eventually fitted, and he learned to walk in four days. "They told me that 1 had set a new record, and 1 had cut the old one in half," said Critchell. "I guess you could say 1 really wanted to get out of there." Returning to his home town of Sandpoint, Critchell worked at odd jobs. He got married and look a profession which he had thought about for years: carving wooden toys for children. "I've always liked to work with my hands and I'm a pretty good whittler," said Critchell. He moved to Shoshone and started a toy business, which he operated for two years before joining the polin- force "1 like to do things for kids, and 1 still make toys in my spare time," said Critchell. The POST course has been gruelling but he is pleased he had the opportunity. "1 wanted to improve as a professional, and this is the place to do it," he said. The course crams 300 hours of classes into the five-week session, with instruction in such topics as search and seizure, first aid and narcotics investigations. The students are put through a six-day-a-weck rigor: up at 6 a.m.. run a mile, eight hours of classes, exercises, and spare time spent studying and taking notes. "The course is tough and you can really improve yourself; Senate Passes Construction Bill WASHINGTON |AP - A 25-year controversy apparently is at an end following Senate passage of a labor-backed measure that will allow striking building trades unions to picket an entire construction site. The bill was passed 52 to 45 Wednesday night after the Senate twice invoked cloture to shut off filibusters against it. The measure was sent to a conference that will iron out differences between House and Senate versions. But sponsors said they see be no great difficulty in reconciling the two versions. it's something 1 really wanted to do," said Critchell. "1 learned a long time ago that if you want to improve yourself, you've got to work hard at it." BANNOCK HOTEL 105$. 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