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Hove, Arthur (ed.) / Wisconsin alumnus
Volume 66, Number 1 (Oct. 1964)

Burke, Jack
The campus cop comes of age,   pp. 24-25


Page 24


The Campus Cop
Comes of Age
     by Jack Burke
Life isn't always a question of straightening
out student pranks for the campus police offi-
cer. Here Officer Donald Beale takes time out
from his rounds to give directions to pretty
coeds: Sandra Einerson, Viroqua, and Mary H.
Ray, Wauwatosa.
EMEMBER           that eight-foot
    snowball rolled down West Ob-
servatory Drive last winter? Did
you hear about the calf that went
for a swim in University Bay? Or
the dozens of lost youngsters at
Eagle Heights?
  Student pranks are a dime a
dozen, and cause headaches aplenty
for the University of Wisconsin de-
partment of protection and security.
The officers have to cope with such
chores as shepherding goats out of
Wisconsin Union and sheep out of
Slichter Hall, and with chasing stu-
dents who try to dip red and blue
dye into the Hagenah fountain on
the mall near Memorial Library.
  But fortunately, these things crop
up only infrequently. Ordinarily, the
department, headed    by  Director
Albert D. Hamann, keeps a watch-
ful eye on 250 permanent University
buildings and 41 others rented to
handle the ever-mounting surge of
students, staff, and faculty. Its re-
sponsibilities cover an acreage of
2,557,68, roughly four square miles.
  Hamann, a warm, likeable fellow
who wins and holds the loyalty of
his men, says: "We want parents to
feel that their sons and daughters
are being protected on a full-time
basis in the best manner possible
while away from home. Our force is
aiming for that goal at all times."
  The department is 12 years old.
UW    administrators, noting  the
climbing student enrollment and
growing need for improved protec-
tion on campus, named Hamann the
department's first director in 1952.
He was given a green light to "build
24
from the ground up." Today the de-
partment is the envy of similar di-
visions in colleges and universities
all over the nation.
  The department presently consists
of 18 officers, 18 plant protection
personnel, 21 lifesaving supervisors,
two secretaries, and Hamann-a
force of 60.
  Hamann noted that the majority
of offenses committed on the campus
are traced to non-UW people. But
those student pranks-the big snow-
ball blocked traffic for several hours,
until the protection and security of-
ficers plus a heavy-duty wrecker got
it off the road. Traffic was tied up
for blocks around.
  Little two and three-year-old tots
at Eagle Heights, where married
students live with their families, are
a problem. They have a habit of
wandering off into some distant
apartment to play with old or new
friends. And Mama pushes the panic
button.
  The swimming calf had worked
its way out of a pen on Babcock
Drive-perhaps with the help of a
student-and dashed down Linden
Drive. It had a cooling swim until
the UW officers, using cars and
boats, reached the scene, roped the
dogie and returned him to his corral.
It wasn't an easy capture.
  Less moveable University prop-
erty, like the statue of Lincoln on
Bascom Hill, also has to be kept
under watch. The statue is not likely
to stray or be stolen-it weighs
many tons-but students occasional-
ly do get an apparently irresist-
able urge to paint it.
               Wisconsin Alumnus


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