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TO TACKLE REORGANIZATION ORDINANCE TONIGHT
The. police reorganization or-:
dinance"' will 'come up as a spe
cial order of business before the
city council tonight.
Every effort of the followers
off Andy Lawrence, the bull in
the Democratic china hop, will
be' used to'pass the ordinance.
The ordinance was drawn upJ
by Major Miles, with the help of
Harmon M.' Campbell, president
of the civil service commission,
and busiriess manager of The
Every effort of the rear Demo
crats, of the poliqe, and oftheJ
smaii mercnanis 01 rne city, win
bcusSd to prevent its 'passage.1
There will be fireworks at the
meeting" tonight, and most" prob
ably the ' ordinance will be de
feated. There are a good many
aldermen who do not want to be
"retired to private life.
There are three highly objec
tionable features of the proposed
Number one is, that it would
create a "secret service" branch'
of the force, which would have
full charge overall saloons, cafes,
dance nals and disorderly houses.
That is to say, a "secret"
branch, whose "secret"- work
would be "secretly" to take full
charge of alF the opportunities to
graft and control the floating
Such a "secret" branch would'
be the handiest thing in the world
to a political boss.
Number two is, the reduction
by the ordinance of the number
of police districts in the city.
As the city is districted just
now, many of the police districts
are- far too big and- unwieldy. To'
cut the number of districts in
two and. thus double the size of
each district, as provided' by ther
ordinance, world inevitably lead
to diminihsed police protection.
Mu'ch diminution of the police
protection we are gettirtg.now"
would leave us without any.
The third objection is that the
ordinance would create a civilian'
assistant superintendent of po
lice. Jven as things are, politi
cians have too much to' do with
There is more than -a suspicion
that the ordinance first was"
drawn up for only one reason r
as a clubto hold over the head of
Gov.-elect Edward -F. Dunne, and
his manager1, Billy O'Connell.
O'Connell is almost certain to
be a candidate for mayor with the
backing of Dtfhne. Andy Law
rence can control' neither O'Con
It would be, a. fine stroke of
diplomacy to take the coiitrol of
the police force out of the mayor's
hands' the moment O'Connell an
nounced himselfas a' candidate.
Of course, Gov. Dunne might
come back with the creation of-a.
Metropolitan police force, which
probably has not 'occurred to the
Aids. CuJIerton, Toman and
Mclnerney will lead the fight
against the ordinance on the floor
of the council.
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