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COAST POLICEWOMAN IS NOT IN
FAVOR OF CLUBS Let everybody learn to shoot straight, women as well as men. Take the clubs away from police men. Instead of throwing drunks in a cell, let them sign a card promising the policeman making the arrest that they will be in court in the mornmg, Encourage policemen to send drunks home instead of locking them up. AboUsh,the practice of promoting policemeri on the basis of the number of arrests made. Mrs. Frank E. Wolfe, now at the Hotel Bradley, a Los Angeles police woman wearing star No. 281, has looked over the police systems of all the large cities in the United States and gives the above rules for getting better police service. She was asked, "Do you believe it's a good thing. for the policewomen to learn to shoot? "Sure," was the answer. "Every woman ought to learn to shoot But the policewomen ought not to -carry guns except in certain districts. A re volver is a clumsy, useless article for a woman to conceal about her clothes. Except for night work in a few 'districts, they are not needed. I feel sorry for the ladies who will be compelled to carry a big 38-caliber gun as Chicago officers. "What have I found that looks good in betterment of police service? -Well, one of the first things that comes to my mind is the way the New York department" handles drunks. "A policeman's efficiency record goes down" and promotion is slower for him if he is always bringing in drunks. "It is counted against his intelli gence if he spends his time dragging in fellows he has picked up helpless on the street. "This has gone so far that a po liceman sometimes carries a drunken man across the street to get him out side the beat. They tell stories of drunks being shifted this way several times in an hour by two policemen who don't want the credit for an ar rest. Gjenerally though the policy has been adopted of taking them home. "If a man is so helplessly drunk that he can't tell where he lives and there is no sign of his sobering up in a short time, he is taken to a station. In many cases, however, where a man is only partially soused and knows where he lives and how to get there, he is put on the right street car and sent on his way. The new plan has effected a big reduction in the total number of arrests. "As to the justice of it, why shouldn't the police do for the aver age, citizen the same service they do for a powerful politician who has taken on more than is good for him? "One barbarism persists. When a husky young fellow passes the ex amination and goes on the force, along with his star and gun, they give him a club. The new man fingers the club and swings it back and forth when he walks. He reads his rule book carefully and finds out that practically he can use the club just about as he pleases. "A policeman's plea that he smash ed away with his club because arrest was resisted always is accepted. "The young policeman feels that he isn't a poUcemariVreally and truly Unless he whangs somebody over the scalp once in a while with his club. It . isn't the policeman's fault so much as the department that puts a clubln his hands. The club is actually not of much help. Policeman are picked for being brawny and able to take care of themselves. If there is real danger they can pull their revolvers." Mrs. Wolfe has spoken before the I Will Club and suffrage organiza tions. ' o o There are thirty barber shops In , India.