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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, December 13, 1911, Image 9

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"Chicago needs at least two
thousand more policemen.
"A list submitted by Chief Mc
Weeny shows that fully 40 per
cent of policemen on the present
force are unavailable for regular
police duty, owing to special as
signments. "It ought to be a public scan
dal to have city policemen, in uni
form, doing crossing duty for pri
vate railroad interests doing it
without cost to the corporations
demanding the service.
"It is hardly less a scandal that
hundreds of city policemen
should be detailed to guard pri
vate buildings, or to' perform du
ties that belong to private watch
men or messengers.
"Also, if wealthy corporations
needs special police protection let
them pay for it."
The above are excerpts fiom an
editorial in this morning's
Hearst's Chicago Examirer un
der the caption "How to Increase
Police Efficiency."
The Examiner is noticeably si
lent a"bout traffic policemen being
stationed at the various news
papers. The Examiner has one,
and the American two, accord;ng
to the report of the chief, quoted
from. These policemen are in
uniform, with the insignia of the
traffic squad on their sleeved.
In the afternoon one of the pat
rolmen stationed at the American
stands in the alley behind the
Hearst building, between jVladi
son and Washingtonu streets,
and directs the dispatching of the
wagons with the afternoon Ieliv,
ery of the American.
He is there to keep order in thei
alley. The drivers are recklesSyi
and it is up to the policeman toj
see that pedestrians are not
knoced down when these
v.agons and auto. trucks dish out
of the'alley.
And if the drivers leave their
horses standing in a way to block
passage through the alley, the
policeman takes the bridles of the.
horses and backs them out.of the
All of this work could be done'
by a private watchman, paid fori
by the' papers, as the Examiner,
suggests for some one else.
If the Examiner is sincere in(
its declaration for more police-'
men on beats, why doesn't itvwith
the American, return the three
men it now has, and hire private
watchmen out of its own pocket.
These two papers are not. ex-,
ceptions, for all the other big
dailies have the special policemen..
Tet them stop publishing tabular'
accounts of robberies and hold
ups and return these men to the
city to aid in the suppression of
these crimes.
Only the other day the Tribune
offere'd to return its special man
if the city wanted him. The city
does want him. The city needs
him. t
If the Tribune really wants to
be a "good fellow," as it is urging
every one else to be, let it return
the city's policeman as a Christ
mas present.

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