Page 4-C-Thursday, September 4, 1980-The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor police protect city,
Thievery and rape
pose threat to U'
students and staff
By TIMOTHY YAGLE
Many of Ann Arbor's 180 police of-
ficers today are college educated and
consequently more familiar than past
officers toward how a college student
thinks, according to former Police
Chief Walter Krasny. "The average of-
ficer is accepted today and the students
like to have him around. Ten years ago,
I'couldn't say that."
Although most students have little
direct contact with policemen, their
role as city guardians is nonetheless
According to Krasny, thievery is the
most common crime affecting Univer-
sity students. Wallets, radios and
stereos are most appealing to thieves,
HE SAID STUDENTS arriving at
their residence halls in the fall are the
most likely targets because thieves can
blend in with the myriad of new faces,
and because students carry more
money with them.
Krasny's advice to students boils
down to taking necessary precautions,
such as placing identifiable marks on
all valuables and recording them with
the police. (An etching tool is available
at the city fire department's headquar-
ters (219 E. Huron, downtown) free of
He also suggests the universal
remedy - simple common sense.
Students should keep valuables in their
rooms and out of sight. When students
leave their rooms, they should keep
their doors locked.
AMONG THE most serious local
crime problems is rape. Police officials
contend that many instances of rape go
unreported because of the victim's em-
barassment and failure to believe the
police can handle the cases effectively.
But Krasny stressed that police could
deal with rape more effectively if they
are familiar with the nature of the at-
tacks. A special unit designed to deal
with the medical and psychological
protected by registering them at the
Police Department in City Hall (100 14.
Fifth Ave.) A permanent license costs
ANOTHER preoccupation of city
police concerns the state's 21-year-old
drinking age. Krasny said his force
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"The average officer is accepted
the students like to have him around.
ago, I couldn'tsay that."
- Walter Krasny,
tment, unless they can be handled on
IN ADDITION TO THE Department
of Safety and the privately contracted
State Security guards, the Ann Arbor
Police provide the campus with a band
of 12 officers, including a pair of detec-
tives. There were only 10 last spring,
but due to public pressure, Krasny ad-
ded two additional mobile units to
patrol between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. This patrol
costs the University an estimated
$340,000 per year.
Krasny said the force "is of minimal
strength based on the availability of
personnel. Depending on what the
needs are, we'll supply the people. The
intent is to be one step-ahead of the
The newest addition to the city police.,
arsenal for fighting crime is the:..
$200,000 crime computer, of which the
city paid about $20,000.
Expected by next month, "it will be
able to tell us more specifically when
and where certain types of crimes oc-
cur most often," Krasny explained. It
can therefore help determine when and
where officers need to be deployed.
Not only will many students face new
experiences and a new environment,
but they will also have 'to accustom
themselves to a new police chief.
William Corbett assumed the $40,000
per year position July 1, succeeding the
retired Krasny who had been chief sin-
The 47-year-old Corbett, who
previously headed Detroit's '14th
precinct, said he will not change any of
his policies and he pledges to get along
with the students as well as Krasny did.
Former Ann Arbor Police Chief
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trauma of rape is available at Univer-
sity Hospital around the clock. The
Assault Crisis Center of Ann Arbor is
also ready to help.
He strongly recommended that
students report any unfamiliar faces in
their building to the University's Safety
Department (763-1131). The depar-
tment will then alert a guard in the area
to inspect the situation.
Although the extent of rape is not
precisely known, there is a less serious
crime which is more widespread.
Bicycles, for many a convenient tran-
sportation alternative, pose a tempting
target for local thieves. Rarely is a bike
seen parked without a strong link chain
and lock. Bicycles may be further
make spot checks in local bars and
liquor stores to be sure they are in com-
pliance with the law.
"The major responsibility of the
University's safety department," ac-
cording to director Walter Stevens, "is
to act as a deterrent against crime and
to ensure the safety of the college
Stevens' security force acts mainly
as an intermediary between the citizens
and the city police. Safety Department
guards patrol the entire campus area
(including North Campus), especially
the more heavily populated areas
around the Hill dormitories and the
Quads. Most of the department's repor-
ts are channeled to the police depar-
Corbett prepares for his
first full year as AAPD chief.'
AMONG THE TIMES the Ann Arbor Police Department traditionally comes into
contact with University students is during demonstrations, usually held on the
Diag. When the events get a little rowdy, the AAPD is on hand to escort the
more active participants away from the action.
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Specializing in MEDITERRANEAN
By MITCH STUART
City Council's unanimous approval
in May of the appointment of William
Corbett as new Chief of Police reflects
on his distinguished record as a Detroit
police officer and Commander of
Detroit's fourteenth precinct. Corbett
took office July 1.
Corbett, 47, is a 26-year veteran of the
Detroit police department. He is also
the first AAPD chief to be chosen from
outside the Ann Arbor police force.
CITY ADMINISTRATOR Terry
Sprenkel listed Corbett's education, ex-
perience, street awareness, profes-
sional and moral standards, and inten-
se interest in the position as reasons for
selecting him for the post.
In Detroit, Corbett's superiors and.
colleagues alike praised his work, par-
ticularly the all-important combination
of administrative ability and street
,Tames Bannon, executive deputy
chief of the Detroit police department,
called Corbett "one of the more highly
regarded commanders in the depart-
IN A TELEPHONE interview, Ban-
non compared Corbett's current job as
Precinct Commander to the chiefship of
a small city police force.
Corbett's best assets are his
organizational ability and his personnel
management ability, Bannon said. He
added, "His (Corbett's) precinct is one
of the best, if not the best, in terms of
motivation of the employees."
Corbett's former colleague, Deputy
Chief for Internal Controls R. Brawner,
also praised Corbett's "well-rounded"
BRAWNER AND CORBETT were
investigators together, serving as part-
ners in Detroit's second precinct.
"He can definitely handle (the chief's
post) with ease," Brawner said. "He's
a good administrator and a good police
officer. Plus, he's a gentlerian."
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Brawner concluded Corbett's move
will be Detroit's loss, and Ann Arbor's
THE CITY'S NEW police chief was
born in Ontario, Canada in 1932 and
became a naturalized American citizen
in San Francisco. He joined the Detroit
police force in 1954.
In 1974, Corbett was promoted to
Commander and selected to command
the police force in the 10 square miles
that make up the fourteenth precinct.
His career was marked by many de-
partmental honors, including depart-
mental, chief's, and commissioner's
citations, and a distinguished service.
award from Detroit City Council.
Corbett is currently enrolled in the
Masters program in Public Ad-
ministration on the University's Dear-
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WILLAIM CORBETT, the AAPD's new
police chief, has headed Detroit's 14th
precinct before coming to Ann Arbor.
EX-POLICE CHIEF Walter Krasny painted a bright picture of student-police
relations before he left his post last spring.
Rain or shine, the diag is a crossroad of much campus activity.
Nice weather brings frisbees, speeches, rallies, and a place
for relaxation between classes. The "M" in the middle of the
diag, which has been a tradition since 1953, is still avoided
by most students with fear they will flunk their first exam.
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