Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California on December 14, 1970 · 28
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Oakland Tribune from Oakland, California · 28

Oakland, California
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Monday, December 14, 1970
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. -r : PARENT & CHILD - ij :rc V tty$9pm pm Classics Come In Paperback f , UA r ? t 5 r i 4 TK. . I . H i By joan McKinney , Tribun Staff Writer Saundra Brown Is - a self- confessed optimist And considering the professional row. she has chosen to hoe, thats going to stand her In good stead. ; Shes the first black woman 'accepted for the Oakland Police Departments Recruit Academy and, if she passes tomorrows final e x a m i n a-tions, phis the same stringent physical to which the 22 male recruits will be subjected, and if her professional bearing and attitude are judged fa-; vorably, shell 'graduate at ceremonies in the Hall of Justice Friday afterboon. " Since to date shes judged to be somewhere in the top ten : of the class, die might even get to be valedictorian, and that would be a pretty feather in her police cap if she wore one. BUT THgpRE are difference s between policemen and women, just as there are . many other jobs. Saundra wont be wearing a uniform when shes assigned to the Community Relations and , Youth Department. In fact, the only way youll be . able to tell .that the .slender. 22-year-old with the neat natural is a police officer is by the regulation blade leather shoulder bag Bhe totes. It contains, among other things, a pair of handcuffs and a.38 revolver.- - the. only minority-group policewoman, shes joining a slightly larger minority. There are 710 men on the Oakland police force; only seven women. And though (hey earn the -tame rooney-when. they-sta rt, . I led safer. wlttLa gun iapos-t. theres quite, a. contrast .in . segsiSn because I know how to use it Other courses were In criminal law and report writing (both mandatory pass cours both the qualifications for recruitment and the prospects far future advancement. A MALE recruit needs only a high (school diploma 'or a score of 262 on a GED course If given In the military).... A . woman must have a four-year college degree or four years' experience In law enforce-' menL A policewoman has traditionally been assigned only to departments working directly with women or juveniles. And, though she receives in-grade pay raises, she is not able to advance beyond the rank of policewoman. A suit Is currently pending before the Civil Service Commission against the ruling that the examination for Sergeant of Police Is open only to ' patrolmen. Instituted by the Oakland Police Officers Association at the request of a policewoman of five years standing, it claims discrimination based on sex (now illegal) and a violation of the policewomans civil rights. No decision has yet been handed down. SAUNDRA Brown knew all this when she applied, and was accepted for the recruit academy, but her optimism overcame her reservations. I figure this will have to change soon, she said cheer-' fully, because they cant ask a person to stay on one level for 20 years and expect them to do it. , A graduate of Fresno State KEEP HER DANGLING It's one thing to get a girf. It's quite another to keep her. But these diamond dangle rings will certainly help. All In 14 karat gold. Heart Bose, Bell. Your choice, $25. CRANAT BROS JEWELERS SINCE 1905 OAKLAND: Broadway at 19th HAYWARD: Southland Shopping Center CONCORD. SunValley Center 1 Open evenings, Monday through Saturday ' SunValley & Southland open Sunday afternoon ' . College with a degree in sociology, Saundra always, had her eyes set on working with juveniles and looked into law enforcement asapossible-field. ; - - . She was working as a claims adjuster in a San Francisco insurance company when she heard the O.P.O.A. was looking for a black police- tyomtot aUanfcjfcf&fTribunc 28 Moo,, Dec. 14,1970 woman. Prior to that there had been no openings, but she had taken tests -- and passed them for the Richmond force. The Oakland job sounded work, investigation of homes, child abandonment and so on. AND, SINCE she passed the oral and written exams and -was enrolled in the recruit academy, she said, It has really surpassed my expectations. I didnt realize why emphasis was placed on., high standards, and this has done a lot to up my interest in the fob - ' .Td tr Jnln g course "Saundra has learned,' for the first time in her life, to handle firearms. I used to be scared of guns, she laughed, but now A Pairof Nuptials for The Smiths Mr. and Mrs; Delisle B. Smith of Huntington Beach, formerly of Fremont, are an-nounclngthe marriage of their daughter, Lisle DeQar Smith, to George D. Moore and the marriage of then son, Harold Louis Smith, tor April Machen. - Lisle and George were mai ried in a redwood grove along the Pacific Coast, near Santa Cruz. They honeymooned in Mexico and are now In Scotts Valley. George is toe son of toe George A. Moores of San Mateo. He attends Foothill College and is employed by toe Santa Clara County Department of Social Services. Lisle is a graduate of Califor-. ilia State College at Hayward. Harold and April were married at Bethel Congregational Church in Ontario, where they now live. In January, they will move to South Bend, Ind., where Harold will resume his studies at Notre Dame. April is the daughter of the D. G. Machens of Ontario,. ;; es); first aid; roleplaying fa-psychology course); traffic investigation; field interrogation; search and. seizure and the Oakland penal code. . Then there were defensive tactics, involving strenuous physical activities such as cal-. isthenics, some judo; a little karate. HOW .DID Saundra make out with all the burly male re-. cruits? Oh, I did all right, I guess, she laughed. l ean throw the biggest guy In the class. And I have quite a bit more confidence in myself : . than I did before I started. Saundras-parents, Mr. and Mrs. Coolidge Brown (he works for Alameda Naval Air Station) are, she said, the ' sort of people who stand behind our decisions, so they supported my desire to be a policewoman, though my mother was a little leary. She has two brothers, one a rookie with the Detroit Lions, the other a Post Office employe, and two , sisters, one married and mother of two-children; the other working in a San Francisco bank. My brother sometimes kids me about becoming a pig, she laughed, but nobody has really made any rude remarks about it. . . . .. Oh, of course I have thought about the police image you have to think about ti but I fed that the derogatory remarks come from a very a mail' minority, they -dont reaHyrepresent the people of Oakland. Im kind of optimistic." pure poetry hj TAMI . puffed sleeves 17 jo ... to CHRISTMAS SHOP GOLDMANS OAKLAND, HAYWARD DOWNTOWN & SOUTHLAND, WALNUT f "Optimist" Saundra Brown the first black woman accepted for the Oakland Police Department's Recruit Academy match - wool pleated skirt 15.00 and fit SATURDAY NIGHTS & SUNDAY 12 TO 5. ALL GOLDMANS STORES NOW dPEN AT r- V ' A 4 . & flare pant 17.00 ...all beautifully 21.00, short sleeve pullover with button done up in iris, moss, pink or blue angora CREEK, ALAMEDA, EL CERRITO, As the author of what is probably the first original paperback book for children (The Yes and No Book," Henry Regnery Co., Chicago, 1970), I - am happy to see that many publishers have produced in' . creasing numbers of inexpen-1 sive paperback editions of chil- drens classics this year. Visit your book stores paperback racks to browse through the many old and more recent favorites now available at prices that are within every- ones reach. ' Youll find Andrew Langs Red, Yellow," Blue, Green,? Pink and Purple Fairy Books (Dover), - Ludwig Bemelmans Made- lines Rescue Mark Twains Huckleberry Finn in several editions; E. .B. Whites Charlotte's Webb (Dell) and a host of others too numerous to mention. They are all in paper-back editions,' and sell for anywhere from $3 to 75 cents. These are big savings if youve looked at hardcover - childrens book prices lately. and CUT YOUR TRE qt MORAGA 1 CHRISTMAS: TREE, FARM i at the end of Canruno Pablo, Morags II ACRES407000 TREES ' Open Nooember 27- December 24 you cut . $7.50 free Potted Baby Tree with purchase and this ad including sales tax accents 17.00 and the long pullover with rib trim & - ... truly the softest thing a girl can wear . in our Sportshops. FREMONT HUB, C0NC0RDSUNVALLEY MONDAY THRU 9:30 A.M.!! 'U- .?'! tJ ' ft, ; By ARNOLD ARNOLD ' ' . -4R f , frf f (J- Youll do your child a great disservice if you fail to Include' one or more of these book bar-'., gains among, his Christmas j: presents this year. But, buy,-these, like any. other book! , selectively. Not ail are equally good. Make sure that the books'1 you buy for pre-school chil-i: dren are well and colorfully, illustrated and that those, fo.j school-age children are set in type large enough so they they dont strain their eyes! Some of the paperback edit-., tions are badly illustrated and,7. printed. , . , f " f ?, j j It now appears likely ; tat most publishers are gqingjo, join "the juvenile paperback (Scholastic), . book band-wagon Youll proth ,-,-u ably soon see every children!'1 book that is in the public do'' -main (those published so long ago' that publishers's dontj: have to pay authors rdyal-i. ties), Te-printed in dozens ot, editions.' Many of these are ,, likely to be pretty shabby. But if you shop carefully, youll be able to afford to give yoqt child his own library. " " . I i v ' t v . . i

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