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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 30

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NorthwM* Arkansas TIMES. Sunday, May S. I9 s »»TITT«VIH.I, ARKANSAS Do Everything The Men Do Women Taking Firm Root In The Nation's Police Forces By KAY BARTKETT "Robbery in progress. Robbery in progress." Scout 19 makes * U-turn. With siren and flashing red lights clearing the w a y . the car swings through the busy streets of Washington. D.C. Police Officer Can-ley is driving Scout 19 this Saturday niplit In a section of the nation's capital most tourists would hesitate to enter after sunset. Scout 19 screeches up to the Chinese restaurant where the robbery was reported as police cars respond from all directions. It wes a Code 1 call -- a potentially dangerous situation that the police hit en masse. This time, however, it's a false alarm. Officer C a w I e y is Cynthia. She's 24, the mother of a 2 year-old son and a cop in Wash ington, D.C., a city with a high crime rate. She is one of a growing number of women in the United States who have chosen law enforcement as a career. She and her colleagues across the nation do e v e r y t h i n g the men do -- f r o m writing parkins tickets io apprehending would be rohhers to investigating homicides. Even the FBI now has 28 G-women. The Police Foundation, a nonprofit. Wash ington-based agency that stud ies and evaluate*; police work estimates t h a t two per cent o America's police are women And the number is growinj rapidly, the foundation .says. The I n t e r n a t i o n a l Asspciatioi of Chiefs of Police is con ducting a n a t i o n w i d e survey t determine the number of po licewomcn doing front-line pa trol and detective work, an the number serving simply a dispatchers and clerks. S o m e a r e "pretty young things" that the wives of police men complain about: The don't want, them riding wit their husbands for eight hour n day. Some are f a t , some ar short, some are black, som are white. Some look like mo\ ie stars. Some look like only fool would consider them th weaker sex, Officer Cawley, an attractive early six-foot black woman ho has been a police officer or two years, is a good-natured ort who says she likes to give cople a break. She pulls up be- ind two' cars that are double- arkcd in a ghetto area and its there a m i n u t e . The drivers cc her. race for t h e i r keys and ·novc their cars. No tickets. She is one of nearly 3f)0 worn n on the district's 4,816-person orce. Across the Potomac River ind into Washington's suburbs Marcia Kinkead -- pronounced \incaid -- patrols in Scout 15 n Arlington, Va. She packs a Ifi. as doe. 1 ) O f f i c e r Cawley, arrics a blackjack and mace n her hip and has a 12-guage shotgun strapped on the front- seat h u m p in her car. Her nightstick is tucked beneath the neck .support on the passenger's side. Scout 15 gels a call that a woman is h a v i n g a fit in an apartment building. Miss K i n - kcad hits the red lights and drives with her loft h a n d on Ihe wheel, her right hand on the .siren control u n d e r the dashboard, changing it from a wai! to a hi-lo signa 1 . "People get used to (he same sound and don't react" is her theory. She grabs the nightstick and races into the building. The woman, it turns out, represents no threat. She is having an epileptic seizure and eventually is taken to a hospital. Miss K i o k e n d , 24. will marry a supervisor on the force in May. Like Officer Cawley, she's been an Ms. Fuzz, as women cops a re sometimes dubbed. For two years. A r l i n g t o n ' s crime rate is not t h a t of .the district's, but a cop's life there is nnl w i t h o u t its perils. Two Arlington policemen have been k i l t e d in the line of duty since 1972. Miss K i n k e a d , an attractive blonde with a college degree, worked undercover, mainly in drug cases, before she Look to palrol'ing. She has drawn her .38. though never fired it, and has poised the shotgun for action, too, but it's never been fired. And in New York City, there's Police Officer Eileen rose Delaney, not your average Irish cop. Eilecnrose is a 12-year veteran who has posed as a lady of the evening, tailed men r u n n i n g numbers and followed women who received then-illegal abortions. She owns 40 wigs as part of her repertoire of disguises. What prompts a woman to want to become a police officer -- a dangerous Job and one that makes her the object of verbal ibuse f r o m a not-always-understanding public? For Officer Delaney, 40, born ;o Irish immigrants, it was something she wanted to do for as long as she can remember. She worked for 12 years in a b a n k , then her mother saw a squib in a newspaper that the Police Department was hiring women. She applied instantly. For Officer K i n k e a d , it was something that came up when she couldn't find a job. She never really thought of it be fore. And for Officer Cawley, who has three vcars oF col'ege :i - .. ,,! 7 t . chance to he boss, to meet people, both good and bad, and to have responsibility. Roth allow as now they night be persuaded to change obs if they found something as challenging thai paid as well. Officer Dulaney? Well, she might be persuaded to lake something like the presidency of Chase M a n h a t t a n Dank. Otherwise, forget it. She loves the Vow York Police Department. Generally, the pay for a high school graduate, the standard ·equ ire-men I, is good. In New York City, for instance, starting patrolmen earn $11,200 an- n u a l l y . In Philadelphia, it's $10.895^ in Chicago, $10.524; -os Angeles, $10,670; in Detroit, $9.000. At the other extreme, there's Poplar Bluff, Mont., stalling salary $4.032. C a t h e r i n e Milton, assist anl director of the Police Foundation and author of "Women in Policing," has interviewed h u n - dreds of women police officer? arid reports no negative mo tives for joining. "The women like to do some t h i n g where they will help people," she says- "There's not school teacher or a social worker and a police officer." The Police Foundation, f u n - ded by the Ford Foundation, is studying the a t t i t u d e s and records of women riding pat.ro 1 "n Washington. Its preliminary .'hidings conclude that young and bjack patrolmen are more receptive to women as partners, that the community feels 'policewomen would be advantageous in handling domestic disputes hut disadvantageous in Handling street fights or riots." (This is something of a con tradiction. More police officers are injured handling domestic disputes than in any other single call.) Both men and women sait: they would prefer a male partner. In violent situations, the male-female versus two-male teams performed about the same, although all-male teams made more contacts in ar eight-hour tour t h a n male-fe male foams. In New York City, tiie Patrol men's Benevolent Associalior has gone on record as beinj less t h a n enthusiastic abou id inn naLrol dutv organization told the police commissioner it approved of vomen as a third partner only. Officer Delaney's partner, lowcvcr, has no objections. "It depends on the w o m a n , " says Mctcalf. "I feel as s a f e w i t h Rosi as I would with any n a n . But of the original five women assigned to the 110, I would only feel .safe with three of them. I got shot at once, and RosEe went right in after the juy. She's okay." The big breakthrough for women came, of course, in March 1972 from Title VII of Ihe Civil Rights Act. It prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Other breakthroughs are a result of lawsuits. A Chicago policewoman collected $10,OOC in back pay over a disputed maternity leave. Height requirements have been dropped from many departments because of court action. Discrimination suits involving pro motions have blossomed. New York City, with 700 women, including a deputy in spector, has one of the leasi di.scriminatory policies. By contrast, some cities have a re- quired number of slots to be illed by women and that's it. n Cincinnati, for example, seven women are on the 1,200-person force. And one of those n must quit before another can be hired. The FBI is unisex these days, with a 5-foot-? height requirement for both men and women. plus a college degree, perfect references and the ability to run two miles in 18 minutes. "Th only time being a woman i nte r f ercd w itl i m y w o rk was when I ripped my pan- :yhose." says a woman agent. "I made tbe men sit in the car after reading a newspaper ar- while I ran into a store and bought another pair." The agent was a swimming instructor, teacher, engineer and personnel director before joining the FBI. She did so after reading a newspaper article about federal agents. The woman not only asked that she remain anonymous, but t h a i the city in which she is basec also go unnamed. ve never been bored one day since I joined,' 1 sbe says It becomes a game trying to outwit them." The hazel eyed. 5-foot-8 agent has investigated crime on an aircraft, bank robbery, kidnaping, extremist groups, e.xlortion, racketeering, sank fraud ami embezzlement, and bad check artists. Starting pay is about $17.000 ,, year, considerably higher .han c i t y and county police department salaries. The arguments against po* licewomen co on and on. "Most of the men are very much against it," says the Police Foundation's Miss Milton. "It's a very emotional issue. There's a fee'ing it lowers a man's job." "But departments have been using women in decoy and plainclothes work for years. That's far more dangerous than patrol work," sbe adds. And then there are the little problems the woman cop faces. Like the night Officer Delaney thought she heard some strange noises in her home in the middle of t h e night. She woke up her husband. He yawned. "And so why are you waking me up? You're the one with a gun who's a cop!"' Live It Up By H. D. MCCARTY Chaplain of At Raxorfaacks Questions have been raised | recently about the legitimacy of my title as chaplain of the Razorbacks. An extensive interview with two members of the University of Arkansas f a c u l t y this week representing a faculty committee on religious a f f a i r s brought this to my attention. Ai their sugges'.ion, I offer the following explanation for those who might be interested: Over six years ago a number of athletes requested that I lead them in a Bible study in Wilson Sharp Athletic Dormitory. The majority of these young men were in my church. The study was so successful that we begun to run 30 to 40 in attendance immediately at our regular Tuesday night meeting. The Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsored by one of the coaches was meeting on another n i g h t and drawing m u c h smaller attendance, primarily because of Jack o[ time this fine coach had to put into the ministry. KNOWING OF my stand as being a Christian f i r s t before J was committed to any label, of my deep and abiding interest in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and of my ecumenical background. Coach Broyles. Coach Ingram (sponsor at t h a t time) and a large number of the athletes requested that I take over the FCA program. They elected me to the job and gave me Ihe title of chaplain. This all happened at their request, not mine. In the past six years I have spent hundreds of hours counseling these young men. I have wept with them in the loss of loved ones, I have performed their marriage ceremonies, ] have counseled with them in personal difficulty and moral failure. And above all. I have sought first to be their Christian friend. They have been members of every denomination New Cabinet Minister Serves Without Pay LONDON (AP) -- Harold Le yer. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster in Prime Minister Harold Wilson's Socialist cabinet, ii doing the job for nothing. Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster is a catch-all office whose holder can be used in any sector of government where extra weight is needed. Lever was appointed as economic adviser to Wilson. But there is a statutory limit of 19 to the number of cabinet ministers, who are paid 13,000 pounds -- around 130.000 -- a year. And there were already 19. Wilson was so keen to have Lever in his cabinet, however, that Lever volunteered to do the job with no ministerial salary. All he'll get will be Hie 4,500 pounds -- 119,350 -- a year paid to ordinary members of Parlia merit. Lever won't starve. He is a wealthy man in his own right ·ad it married to a Lebanese beirest possible, and I have never sought to enlist them in my particular church. I have always upheld the principles of ~CA thai a young man should e committed lo God, actively seek to share his faith, to be committed to the church of his choice. SOME HAVE maintained Uial It is wrong for a Baptist to e in such a position of leadership. My question then would be if it is right for a Methodist or Episcopal or Presbyterian or Catholic to hold such a post. God help the man who is a dcnominationalist before he is a Christian. Labels mean nothing if not backed up by the power of God. As a young hoy I attended R o m a n Catholic parochial school and wanted to become a priest, but my mother had been raised in the Church of Christ and quickly t r a n s f e r r e d me to public school. On moving to Texas, we joined the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) where we were members for 10 years. Upon enter! c o l l e g e I joined I h e Presbyterian church and was a member there for seven. Mv f o u r years a t Southern Methodist University caused me to t h i n k seriously of entering the Jlethodist ministry. During t h i s time my father joined the Episcopalian church. I HAVE DEEP sympathy and understanding for all these t r a - ditions and young people of all the above persuasions are affiliate members of our church. I must be a Christia first. Anything else comes second. Technically, m y t i t l e R a z o r b a c k Fellowship o f Christian Athletes Chaplain. -Many do not know that FCA stands for Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Using FCA alone could be interpreted as Fanatic Christians Anonymous. etc. Ther term Razorback is used by anyone and everyone without need for a copyright. Just this month I have had numerous long distance phone -conversations with a former Razorback athlete who never at tended my church nor the FCA. His comment when he first contacted me was he knew he needed help from God and that I was available. I have no official connection with the University of Arkansas other t h a n I lead the largest' student organization as pastor of over 1,000 students. I apologize if the t i t l e chaplain of the Razorbacks offends a n y b o d y. I certainly %vant friends and not enemies. PLEASE EXCUSE the length of this article. Hopefully it has cleared the air. As I said in an earlier article, God is not interested in who wins football games but He is interested in people. Some of the Razorbacks couldn't care less if I was chaplain of the Razorbacks or a private :n the Algerian army. M a n y of the others, however, are excited about the authentic Christ and one of the fastest g r o w i n g organizations in America called t h e Fellowship of Christian Athletes. Please feel free to contact me if you're interested in joining up! I Famous Make Sportswear Orig. $18 to $40 OFF Now 11J97 to 2637 Save en comfortable, lightweight 100% poly- ester sportswear. 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