The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 9, 1975 · Page 10
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April 9, 1975

The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 10

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Wednesday, April 9, 1975
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Springville Police Adopt Ride-Along Program for Youth .Wednesday. April 9, 1975, THE HERALD. Provo, Utah-Page 11 SPRINGVILLE - A ride-along program intended to bring police officers and school age persons closer together is being initiated by the Springville, Police Department. The program will begin full-scale when school starts in the Fall, explained Leland A Bowers, chief of police. However, some students are riding already, along with Explorers and a few private citizens. Members of the community are invited to participate in the opportunity, the chief added. "Historically," he explained," police and young adults have few positive contacts with one another. The result of these few encounters have created in a number of young people, feelings that run from distrust all the way to open hate toward the police. Conversely, police officers tend to distrust young people also for almost the same reason." The intent of the student ride-along program, therefore, is to bring the officers and the school age persons closer together. It is designed to create mutual understanding and foster meaningful relationships. Whenever possible, the chief said, the student will be assigned to an officer on a one-to-one basis and encouraged to ask or talk about anything he or she desires. Hopefully, the resulting interaction will dissipate misinformation or negative attitudes that may have developed. Because of their more adult-like attitudes and understanding, the program presently will include only llth or 12th grade age persons. Volunteers are most desirable, but a cross section of an entire class would benefit most Chief Bowel's explained," since it is hoped to improve the outlook of the antagonist as well as the friend." At present, the department is considering making available four rides per week with rides on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 11 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 noon to 5 p.m. The schedule is only suggested, however, and may be altered on request. If four students per week throughout the 38-week school year ride with the police, a total of 1252 students will be able to participate. Schedules may also include Christmas holidays and spring vacation if desired, however. The program has primarily been designed to help students gain a deeper insight into their community, Chief Bowers concluded, but school administators and staff are also encouraged to join in the ride along so they may update themselves in community problems and progress as well. Decline in Burglaries At Springville Believed Result of New Program SPRINGVILLE - With the successful implementation of Operation NAB (Neighbors Against Burglaries) here, house burglaries dropped to a record "zero" during March, Springville Police reported. According to police records, there were no home burglaries reported during the past month — generally a "high crime" month. Because of the success of the NAB program, a great deal of property now is identifiable. The public has been made aware of the total burglary problem in the city and people have been shown "how their homes were broken into" and "how to prevent it from happening again," police said. The biggest asset from the program, Police Chief Leland Bowers explained, has been the reduction in burglaries because of the willingness of citizens to cooperate with the police department in reporting information and giving tips on a regular basis. Police also have made some arrests or brought enough pressure to cause suspected burglars to cease the practice. The police department also has Salt Lake Causeway Closed Off SALT LAKE CITY - The seven-mile causeway, which spans Great Salt Lake, from Syracuse in Davis County to the Great Salt Lake State Park on the north tip of Antelope Island, is again officially termed "dosed," according to State Park Director Harold J. Tippetts. An article featured in Utah papers recently carried information that the roadway would be available for restricted public use during holiday and weekend periods when heavy equipment operation was shut down. However, several factors were brought to light that have prompted state officials to reinstate the closure. Problems such as the safety factor of the exposing Utah's out - of - state visitors, as well as Utah motorists, to the roadway construction conditions of new layers of fill, lack of signing or center lining and the hazards of the soft shoulders dropping off into the lake. There is also the communication aspect of providing tourist and potential visitors with accurate, updated information as to those days and periods the causeway would be open or closed to the public. Byron Dalrymple, project engineer for the Utah Department of Highways, said the current project commenced during the spring of 1974 and is now approximately 60 per cent complete. hired a full-time investigator, which allows for closer follow-up and properly coordinated investigation. "We have found a great many crimes in the community to be interrelated," Chief Bowers declared. Case files are now being built and a noticable degree of success has been achieved, he said. The department has done some "selective enforcement" in correcting the burglary problem, he continued, by putting police cars in hardest hit areas, by becoming better acquainted with known offenders, and by keeping track" of them through surveilance. Revisions in rigid scheduling also has contributed to improvements in police department activities, the chief believes. Two men now are on all-night duty and during peak activities hours or "high crime time" from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Even though the force is at the "same strength" as it has been for years, the reshuffle in the department gives it one extra man to "float" and better coverage of the city at all hours, Chief Bowers added. The police department has new telephone stickers listing numbers of the police, fire and ambulance departments, available for public use. The stickers are being distributed by an Explorer working toward his Eagle Scout award. 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