James W. Everington, Glendale, Cal. Former Chief of Police, Los Angeles
THIS plan to make the 18th Amendment effective is a combination of Herbert Hoover's "co-operative" plan and the Cleveland "survey" plan. When I tried to put the Cleveland plan into operation, while serving as chief of police of Los Angeles, I found that it was not effective without a Cleveland Plain Dealer to publish facts.
Our crime commissions and similar organizations are not as effective as they should be because they lack some of the things which are essential to the success of any movement to make law enforcement effective. To succeed they must have competent leaders in whom the people have confidence, reliable information about the conditions to be remedied, and a means of securing publicity.
The recognized authorities on sociological problems tell us that the most effective way as yet devised to improve unsatisfactory civic conditions is to form unofficial committees which are representative of our best citizenship, which are equipped to find facts, and which can secure enough publicity for their facts and recommendations to enable them to organize public opinion so thoroughly that constructive, organized, corrective action will follow their efforts. The fact-finding part of their program is easy. Any competent investigator can secure the necessary facts. The difficult thing to do is to organize public opinion when a controlled press will not publish facts. The "Hoover idea" solves this problem.
Our amazing prosperity has created a large class of Americans who are above the "average" citizen of the census bureau statistics and the army intelligence tests in many respects. They are "joiners." They belong to clubs,