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TUESDAY, JULY IB, THE DAILY PLAINSMAN, Huron, South Dakota PAGE THREE Liberal Arts College For Policemen D In N.Y.May Be Only One In World v By J E R K Y BUCK NEW YORK ( A P ) -- The slii- flent arose fruits liis dusk, ad- lusted the pistol at his hip, am) degan to discuss his homework assignment: "Romeo and Ju- liet." The student is a poliu'inan, aud he is enrolled in what is niiiii can examine liis profession -- ;md sci'tH'h for an understand- ing (if his alienati'in from the society he is sworn to protect. The heavy emphasis on liber- al arts is no accident. "These are men who want to know about themselves," said the coletfe president, Leonard thought to he the nation's-- tind j K. Kdsmnn. School officials probably the world's-- only lib- eral arts college for policemen, ·John Jay College of Criminal Justice. It is a school where the police- believe that it is this training (hat will determine a police- man's ultimate worth. "A policeman's job is a lot more than just walking down the street and trying door- knobs," said Dick W a r d , a sen- ior and a patrolman in the de- tective division of New York's Police Department. "You've got to be doctor, law- yer, psychiatrist, marriage counsellor and father confessor. You've got to be a nice guy on one side of the street and the meanest guy on the other side if you run into trouble. That's part of the job." This split personality forced upon policemen, and demands heaped upon them lo stop an exploding crime rate-- while «tl the same time being more hu- mane and tolerant--have driven a wedge between policemen and society. "Everybody loves a fireman-- hu( not us," said a student- policeman. John Jay's faculty comes from both the academic field and the practical side of police work, and sometimes the two arc found in a single person. In none is this more true than Reisman, who looks like he might once have been a tough precinct sergeant. He is, in fact, a former depu- ty police commissioner, Man- hattan assistant district attor- ney and assistant state attorney general. He once practiced law on Wall Street and for a time taught c r i m i n a l Jaw at Colum- bia University and at New York University. The fledgling college, an out- growth of the Ba ruch School program, is housed iu the strik- ing marble and glass Police Academy building, a few blocks from Ciramcrcy Park in mid- M a n h a t t a n . Settling into a black leather rocking chair iu his office, Reis- man said: "There's a growing realization that the police of the future must be college trained. "It's quite clear in New York City that you're not going to be able lo attract college-trained men in great numbers for many years," he said. "So the police department must recognize that the way to get college-trained men is to have them attend school after they become police- men." All but a few of the 1,475 stu- dents at John Jay, founded in 19G5 as a branch of the City Uni- versity of New York, are police- men, policewomen, federal agents or correction officers who attend part time. The rest arc high school graduates inter- ested in becoming policemen. Mike Fleming, a patrolman for 2'/ii years, discussed his own feelings of what it means to be a policeman: "The police department tries to tell you that when someone attacks a policeman, he's at- tacking the government and not the policeman. But we don't buy tion worked up and aimed at him he knows they're attacking him simply because he is a policeman. "But this college program shows us that we're not just sol- diers for eight hours. A man becomes reborn Into society. He learns to put up with the frus- trations that come with the job of being a policeman." Although the college is geared lo the needs of the policemen, it discourages them from attend- ing full time. Only one police- man carried a full schedule in the spring semester. The fact that the students at- tend only part time, however, means Uiat it takes eight to 10 years to earn enough credits for that one hundred per cent. The! graduation. Fleming, 25, figures policeman sees so much emo- 1 he won't graduate before 1973. Not surprisingly, the drama course is designed for police- meo. "It traces law and order aud civil disobedience through drama," said Ben Termine, who heads the drama program. "After all, what is a play but one man's view of social and moral order? Acting also has had another fallout effect. Said Dick Ward: "It's taught me to perform ui front of an audience-- and that's something policemen are called on to do all the time." When a policeman has to con- trol a crowd or handle an acci- dent he may be as frightened as the next guy, but he can't show it. You may be scared, but you've got to know how to take command o£ the situation." 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