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Archive for Saturday, July 21, 2012

40 years ago: KU splits police, parking into separate departments

July 21, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 21, 1972:

Changes were afoot at Kansas University. In addition to the KU Marching Band, the campus police department was about to break down the gender barrier in its ranks. No new patrolmen were to be added to the force this fall, but a reorganization effort was expected to result in the promotion of six or seven people, including the possible promotion of a woman in the department to the job of "policewoman." A major part of the reorganization was to be the division of the Traffic and Security Department into two departments, one for Parking Services and one for Police Services. "Most major universities with comprehensive police programs have separate divisions," said Mike Thomas, director of traffic and security. "Security directors across the country have advised me to reorganize in this direction, because the police job on campus has grown so rapidly and presents so many demands on the men."

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