Law Observance: Shall the People of the United States Uphold the Constitution?

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Mina C. Van Winkle Director Woman's Bureau, Metropolitan Police, Washington, D. C. President, International Association of Police Women

THE 18th Amendment can be effectively enforced. Enforcement should be centralized in the Department of Justice and that department should be held responsible for enforcement.

Division of responsibility is the cause of lack of policy or poor policy. It results in each department, Treasury and Justice, holding the other accountable for inadequate enforcement.

Enforcement agents should be thoroughly investigated before appointment. The Civil Service Commission must have additional appropriations for this purpose. The whole problem of selecting, examining, etc., is expensive and can be only adequately controlled by a well trained staff and sufficient funds.

Federal, state, county and municipal employees, including army, navy and marine corps officers, judges, court officers and police who are sworn to enforce the law and defend the Constitution of the United States but who intentionally betray this trust and their accepted obligations by drinking or dispensing illegal liquor or alcohol in any form, or who condone, connive at or encourage the violation of the prohibition law, should be separated from the service or held guilty of treason as the facts warrant.

Paid anti-prohibition propaganda in the press, on the screen or the stage, whether foreign or American-made, should be exposed and dealt with as treachery is commonly dealt with when against the peace and safety of the nation.

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