Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 9, 1974 · Page 188
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 9, 1974
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Policemen help to cool ma/7- tal discord by getting participants into separate rooms. unit, Dr. Driscoll and his col- · leagues polled the "clients" visited. As the psychologists reported, there was a significantly high rapport between families and the police, and overall the people were satisfied with the way cops had interceded. A common reaction: "I never believed cops could be so nice." In turn, officers reported they had to use less force in handling family conflicts than they did in the past.. Overcoming tradition Yet shortcomings are-inevitable, Oney admits. Much depends on the individual policeman. Some of the older, tradition-bound members of the force--including several commanding officers --tend to resist innovations, believing they have no business in domestic rows or in the mental health arena. "We should retrain these men," suggests Lt. Oney. "And we are getting younger, more flexible commanding officers." Like other citizens, cops themselves are hardly immune ito family discord. On two occasions, beat patrolmen had to be called in to restore harmony between fellow officers and their spouses. Predictably belligerent at first, the battling cops finally agreed to go for counseling at the university's psychology clinic. Lt. Oney confesses that before he went through C.I. indoctrination he and his wife, Phebe, had had a few stormy disputes, mainly over their two children. "Now we argue less often," he says. "In our last tiff, a few months ago, when I was working day and night, Phebe blew up, charging that I was spending too little time with the kids. I agreed--and took a week's vacation. 1 attribute the peace at our home to my Cl. experience." As for the citizenry at large, with word passing around town about the police referees, an increasing number of squabbling families have been calling for the patch-up service this year. Other communities, too, are becoming aware of what Louisville is doing. To study the system, police departments have sent men from Dallas, Richmond, Las Vegas, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and a dozen other cities. Usieg Louisville as a prototype, Charlotte, N.C, and Miami Beach have already launched similar Crisis Intervention projects. These differ, however, in that Cl. training is restricted to special squads of 18 or 22 men, and their cops wear blazers, rather than uniforms. Now the federal Law Enforcement Assistance Administration (LEAA) has gotten into the act by subsidizing six police departments to set up Crisis Intervention systems. Grants of $200,000 each were awarded in April to New Orleans; Jacksonville, Fla.; Peoria, III.; Syracuse, N.Y.; Columbus, Ga., and Portsmouth/Chesapeake, Va. The hope is that the mediation idea will spread through each region. After all, the nation's half-million cops do represent an untapped natural resource for keeping families peaceful. NEW PURINA DOG CHOW. ITTASTES BET1ERTHAN OLD PURINA DOG CHOW. THE DOGS TOLD US. In fact, they told us in no uncertain terms. 8 out of 9 dogs definitely preferred the new, richer flavor in New Purina Dog Chow.® We're delighted with this decision. Simply P !·····*···*«***· *·«··»·£···· mmmmmmmmmmm ···· · · *·**«···«·*··· ********** mm mmmmmmmmamm * m m * * j-15 SAVE 15 ON ANY SIZE. 15* because it was a decision made by dogs for dogs. However, we did make one important decision. We decided to give you this 15p coupon to try it. For your pet's health feed Purina Pet Foods... and see your veterinarian annually. MR. GROCER/MR, DEALER: Ralston Purina Company will pay you the lac* value at this coupon plus 3« (or handling, it you have received it in accordance with all the terms of this offer and if upon request you submit evidence thereof satisfactory to Ralston Purina Company. Invoices proving purchases of sufficient stock within the past 90 days to cover coupons presented tor redemption must be shown on request. Any sales tax must be paid by customer. This coupon may not be assigned or transferred. Offer void where prohibited, taxed or otherwise restricted. Cash redemption value 1/20 of U. To redeem this coupon mail it to: Ralston Purina Company, P.O. BOK 1107. Checkerboard Square. St. Louis, Missouri 63188, Limit one coupon per purchase of Purina Dog Chow. Any other use constitutes fraud. 'DC\73 * · * * * ** i mmmm m «J 17

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