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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 3

Des Moines, Iowa
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Monday, July 28, 1969
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EXAMINE ROLE OF SERGEANTS POLICE- Continued from Page One clination to employ outdated procedures." One of the outdated proce* dures, the report says, is that police "beats with considerable activity receive the same police 1 attention's those with relatively few crimes attd incidents. ''Such beat configurations represent an inefficient use of available patrol personnel." The report offers a breakdown of the number of men who should be assigned to each shift and beat and recommends tjiat the plan be followed by the city. Another major, problem, the report states, is that patrolmen, upon reaching the point of a crime, frequently are confused about their role. "Some patrol officers (said) their responsibility in the areas of preliminary investigations were broad," the report says. "Others indicated that their responsibilities were very limited and that most of the authority for conducting such investigations was given to the detectives. "The department inadequacies in this area, as well as others, stem directly from the lack of training in basic department operations and procedures." The patrol force, in most cases excluding major crimes, should be responsible for all preliminary investigations, says the report, and only then should the detectives come in. Such a policy will make the sometimes routine patrol work more interesting and give the patrolmen more investigative experience, the report states. Chief Wendell Nichols says the experts who examined the department are wrong in this analysis. He says he agrees that patrolmen should make almost all preliminary investigations and there is a general order to that effect. Lack Experience He notes, however, that many patrolmen lack experience (their average age is 29 as compared to the national average of 33) and that "crime scenes get fouled up" because of that. If patrolmen are in fact uncertain about their duties, some of the blame, the report suggests, lies with the detective bureau. The detective bureau is an elite body in almost any police force," including Des Moines', and it is apparently jealous of its perogatives. The report suggests — and Nichols verifies — that detectives are sometimes prone to throw their weight around during an investigation and dismiss as inconsequential the work of a patrolman. "They are elite," says Nichols of his detectives, "and I want them to be that way. But the rapport between them and patrolmen should be better and it's improving." Elite or not, the-detective bureau is sharply criticized in the report of t h e International Association of Police Chiefs. . "The official .organization chart of the detective bureau Moinas Register Poqe3 Mon., July 28, 1969 ' SCREAMS FOIL RAPE ATTEMPT A 22-year-old Des Moines woman told police a man attempted to rape her early Sunday. The woman told police she Mopped for a traffic light at the Intersection of McKlnley avenue and Fleur drive and a man opened the right front door of her car and got in. lowanDies, 3 Rescued As Boat Tips (Th« Register 1 ! Iowa News Service) ' IOWA FALLS, IA. - A 32- year-old Eldora man on a Sunday afternoon outing with his family drowned when his boat capsized on the Iowa R 'i v e here. Police identi- 300 o Mm fied the victim as Richard Loo IWl VI MVl V«l» *»»»'vm N)*** •«• ] . .. , , . , i .wen.'Two of Loewen s cm! She said the man ordered her ,_ , u ._ ,, i(U _ _,., o drive around and then told her to pull over to the curb in he vicinity of Twenty-fifth st. and MacVicar Freeway, where le attempted to rape her. told police she |t REGISTER PHOTO BY LARRY NEItlERGAI t. Two Lakes in One The top of the Lake Macbride dam is all that separates .the Coralville Reservoir (foreground) from Lake Macbride (background) as flood waters on the Iowa River raised the reservoir to its highest level since it was built in 1958. So far, the water has stopped just a few inches short of running over the reservoir dam's emergency spillway, at a level of 7.12 feet above si-a Iwl. Lake Macbride's spillway is at the same level and Stale Conservation Commission officials have been concerned lest rnuRh fish from the reservoir get into the state park lake, which is stocked with bass and catfish. The woman screamed and her assailant led. She described the man as white, about 20-ycars-old, with blond hair. I Authorities were also con- j tinuing their search for a man who attempted to rape a 20-year-old Drake coed at knife point Saturday in Ashworth Park. Police described the assailant as between 22 and 35 years of age, 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing a mesh stocking over his face, and a T-shirt and blue jeans. That incident took place about 100 yards from the spot where a ; 28-year-old DPS Moines woman was raped about three weeks a^o. Police are still looking for the rapist. Four Injured As Car Rolls (Special Dispatch to The Resistor) MERCER, MO. - Four Des overturned, authorities said, but were rescued. Police Capt. Kenneth Rush said the accident occurred about 3:20 p.m. Loewen, in his own outboard motorboat, and another boat containing several of his relatives, were' cruising on the river, Rush said. "As nearly as I can determine from what the witnesses said the boat evidently hit the wake of another boat and flipped," Rash said. Loewen, his father, K$y of Eldora, and the children, a boy about 2',i! and a girl about 12, were thrown into the water, Rush said. Several boats and water skiers quickly converged on , the area, Rush said, and the elder Locwen and the children were pulled from the water. Firemen recovered Richard Locwen ,s body after dragging (or about five minutes. The body was taken to the Longnecker Funeral Home in indicates that the bureau is largely specialized," the report says. "In p r a c t i c e, however, assignments such as homicide investigations are given to specific investigators generally on the basis of priority to available detectives." The report recommends that the detective bureau be reorganized into t h e criminal investigation division and be divided into four sections: crimes against persons, crimes against property, special - assignments and youth. To whatever extent possible, the report says, men assigned to each section should concentrate their efforts in that section. Currently, the report says there is too much "fragmentation of tke investigative responsibility." Because of that, an "acute" communication-gap has developed. "Frequently, information wanted by one investigator is possessed by another withou nvestigators because of the eal or imagined lack of in- estigative manpower." No data has_ever been sys- ematically collected to determine how many detectives are eeded or what their workload hould be. The report recommends that this be done imme- liately. The report further recommends that K detectives be removed from civil service. "In an area where accomplishment and ability are paramount to the success of the op- ration, the j chief should be allowed to select the best quali- ied person to perform the unction, and conversely, he should not be restricted by a civil service classification sys- em from removing unqualified >ersons from detective Positions." Nichols his ''knowledge, says the report Patrolmen, familiar with spe» cific beats, also may possess valuable information, but the report implies that detective seldom seek them out. Detective Sergeants Sergeants in the detective bu reau, the report says, are sup posed to supervise their men "However, in some instances sergeants have become senio acknowledges some softness in the detective bureau. "Detectives burn themselves up," he says. "They get tired There are always young ag gressive guys who want to ge in and can't. Without civil serv ice they could be moved in am out." Two Bureaus The report also recommend elimination of what is now tw independent bureaus. The juvenile bureau should b converted to toe youth section o the investigation division, the re port says. At present, it says, there is much duplication of effort. The etectives will start in- estigating a case, suspect it of eing a juvenile offense and urn-it^over-to the-juvenile bu- eau which then starts all over gain. This system creates friction and controversy and wastes time, the report says. It suggests that detectives in- irestigate to conclusion all rimes to which they are ssigned and that the youth sec- ion specialize in gathering in- brmation and co-ordinating ac- ivity between the police and other agencies in the county that deal with juveniles. Juvenile specialists should also aid other departments in questioning youthful offenders. Secondly, the report says that Des Moines' vice problem, cornered to cities of comparable size, is negligible and the vice bureau should be placed in a newly formed inspectional serv- ces section. The report commends the department's use of a special fourth shift, which works from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., and concentrates on critical situations. The report Tecommends, however, that it be renamed the ^tactical-unit^ and that it be a "versatile^ highly mobile striking force capable of performing special assignments on sudden notice and without interfering with the uniformed police operational requirements." •• „ Nichols says he intends to beef up 'the special platoon, which at the time of the report had two lieutenants, one sergeant and 23 patrolmen. "I want that to be a gung-ho, elite mobile outfit," Nichols says. The report says the traffic bureau, while doing a generally satisfactory job (accidents de- dar and other devices used to check speed "are obgolete and should be replaced with accurate, sensitive instruments. . ." As a general recommendation the report says that civilians should be used wherever possible in the department, thus creased from 1965 to 1968), is "inadequate" in its enforcement efforts against drunk driving. "It is obvious," the report states, "that this problem has not received the proper emphasis at the operating level." The report also notes that ra — Moines residents were injured Sunday when the car in which they were riding ran off U.S. Highway 65 about one and one- half miles south of here and roUed_dow_n..a 40-foot, embank ment. Officials at a Princeton, Mo., hospital identified the victims freeing more trained policemen as Jerry Remster, 21, and his for police work. ; wife, Kathy, 22. of 1227 E. S c v- Serious crime in DCS Moinos,j «H|» *f- an f R ' ck MIHard, 2 <L the report says, increased by and his wife Dorothy, 22, of 63.2 per cent from 1961 to 1967.! 3104 E.Seventh si That this is below the national I Remster and Millard suffered average of 74.2 per cent and the Iowa average of 85.1 per cent, "is of little solace" to the citizens of Des Moines. From 1963 to 1967, robberies increased by 153.1 per cent, from 81 to 205 a year, aggravated assaults by 66.7 per cent, from 36 to 60 a year. The department dealing with this crime, the report says, "is a good police agency with great potential in its human resources." But it can be better, the report says. possible injuries, officials said. Mrs. Millard suffered a fractured pelvis and nose and multiple -cuts and Mrs. Remster suffered a broken arm. All were being fransferred to Iowa Lutheran Hospital Sunday night. Authorities said the car was headed north and left the road about 1:30 p.m. in an area where construction work was being done. They said the veil i c 1 e rolled over "several times" as it traveled down the embankment and came to rest on its top. The victims were freed by an ambulance crew. You may never see prices like these again FINAL semi-annual SHOE SALE Eldora where funeral arrangements were pending. Keota Youth Drowns BRIGHTON, IA. 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