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The Michigan Daily--Saturday, May 26, 1979-Page 5
A2police reflect city's diversity
- " worried about their safety because
BY TIM YAGLE J ec rs awhen we go into a dangerous situation,
Law enforcement is shaped con- J Jf pthey'd have to worry about us as well as
siderably by the environment of the city w ith op ethemselves. With a guy, they probably
in which a police officer works.allydir wouldn'thave to."
Because Ann Arbor isfculturally diver on"eTHERE IS no way to overcome the
se and intellectually active, officials physical differences," said Myers.
from the Ann Arbor Police Department Myers also said female officers han-
(AAPD) say their police officers reflect public opinoin," he said. "Overall, Ann seven years ago. "I'm all for it (women die situations much differently than
the character of the unique university Arbor looksotUs favorably." on the force) if they can do the job. Most their male co-workers. "We quiet
community. "In our contacts with people we try to of them doa damned good job." things... handle things peacefully,"
"Ann Arbor is different than an in- be professional," Whitaker continued. A seven-year veteran of the AAPD, she said. "Men may tend to be more
dustrial town. You have to *accom- 'Putting on a professional appearance 36-year-old Ruth Myers said she enjoys violent. They tend to try to handle
modate those people," said AAPD is nothing exact. It's more of an art." her job now, even though male officers things more aggressively."
Major Robert Whitaker, head of the Whitaker also said it is important for originally were apprehensive about her Major Raymond Woodruffe heads a
Patrol Division. "There are more an officer to "rise above" 'personal presence. separate and unique section of the
ACLU (American Civil Liberties feelings and treat people with "respect "They (the male officers) are used to AAPD -- the detective squad. He said
Union) people here. We're called more and dignity." us now. They didn't want to ride with us
to task by people in this town.,,at first," said Myers. "They were See ANN ARBOR, Page6
PA TROLMAN Craig Morris, a 33- MASON, WHO IS currently attending
year-old AAPD veteran of ten years, Washtenaw Community College on a
said the large number of foreign Part-time basis, said there are
students in the city makes the depar- drawbacks to the life of a police officer. lA
Iment's job interesting. The worst part of my job is "seeing 01111
"In a way, they're easier to handle kids get massacred and wiped out in DAILY EARLY BIRD MATINEES-Adults $1.50
because they're afraid of you - stupid accidents," said Morris. "You DISCOUNT IS FOR SHOWS STARTING BEFORE 1:30
because of their culture," explained don't mind it as much with adults MON. thru SAT. 10 A.M. il 1:30 P.M. SUN. & HOLS. Noon til 1:30 P.M.
Whitaker. "But they don't trust you and because you almost get used to it." EVENING ADMISSIONS AFTER 5:00, $3.50 ADULTS
(sometimes) that can be a disadvan- Mason is divorced and he said the Monday-Saturday 1:30-5:00, Admission $2.50 Adult and Students
tage when persuading them to national divorce rate for police Sundays and Holidays 1:30 to Close, $3.50 Adults, $2.50 Students
cooperate with police here." households currently stands at 80 per Sunday-Thursday Evenings Student & Senior Citizen Discounts
Whitaker's Patrol Division operates cent. He said although his two children Children 12 And Under Admissions $1.50
on five ten-hour shifts throughout the have accepted the fact that their father
day, deploying personnel to accom- is a police officer, the long hours at 10:15
modate the expected number of people work and in school occasionally have ID12:30
on the street. Whitaker said the most made life difficult for them. EN3:15
active times of the day are between 1 - WHITAKER SAID although only a MAE EATON Y:15
p.m. and 2 p.m., and between 7:30 p.m. high school diploma is required of MEfMSTREEP 10:00
and 8:30 p.m. prospective police recruits, a college ANNE NE
"WHEN DARKNESS falls, criminal degree is desirable. He stated that a
activity begins," said Whitaker. four-year veteran on the AAPD earns
Whitaker also said the AAPD hires $20,500 per year, and is given an ad- i ,p#i 1'10:00
officers who are willing and able to ditional three per cent increase if the t 12:45
work effectively with people. officer holds a college degree. a 3:30
"The whole thing (police work) is Of 180 officers on the AAPD, two k 9.30
people-oriented," he said. "We want currently have earned doctoral Absolutes no one under 18 admitted without a arent
people that get along with other people degrees, two are working on their
and who have a desire to help people." master's, and about 70 hold associate
MORRIS AGREED with Whitaker degrees. There is also one attorney on10:15
and said the job requires a great deal of the force.3:45
dedication. There are currently six women on the 6:45
"This is the kind of job where you AAPD, and even though some of the olret y LUCHINO VISCONT 9:30
either like it or you aren't here long," male members of the force initially had EngbLshHSubtitesJ
said Morris, who trains other officers in difficulty accepting their presence in
First Aid. patrol cars, Mason said the women
Whitaker, a 25-year veteran of the have been valuable assets to the force. 10:00
force who oversees nearly 100 officers, "WHEN THEY (female officers) fir-'1:00
said the public's image of the Ann Ar- st hit the street, they were a nervous , 7:00
bor police officer is a constant con- wreck," said Mason, who was in charge y 9:45
sideration of the AAPD. of training the female officers when
"ANY GIVEN incident changes they first began working for the AAPD PG

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about the cruelty of his punishment.
Observers have complained about the
undue agony and torture postponment
of execution caused Spenkelink.
SAACFA finishes report
Final approval of a report to the
Regents on companies in which the
University invests that do business in
South Africa, was reached Thursday.
The Senate Assembly Advisory Com-
mittee on Financial Affairs (SAAFCA)
almost unanimously okayed the report,
which recommends divestment from
those companies doing business in
South Africa that fail to summarize how
closely they follow the Sullivan Prin-
ciples or their equivalent. It also
recommends divestment from com-
panies that approve new capital in-
vestment in South Africa, unless that
capital is earmarked to improve affir-
mation of the Regental guidelines ap-

proved in March 1978.
The single abstention, by student
committee member Anne Fullerton,
disturbed SAACFA faculty members.
They claimed general student
representation in the University would
be discounted as a result of Fullerton's
action. By abstaining, they continued,
Fullerton was not representing her con-
stituency fairly.
Fullerton said she objected to the ex-
clusion of a statement on sales to South
African military and police.
Fullerton could not vote for the entire
report since she had objections to one
aspect of it.
As University instructors, the faculty
members remained in their own bounds
in approving the recommendations.
Fullerton's abstention might detract
from the immediate issue if involved
parties choose to emphasize it.
The final version will be written by
SAACFA Chairwoman Patricia Longe.
Longe saidshe would permit changes in
clarity or grammar, but not in content.

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