John A. Wilbur Former Deputy Prohibition Administrator, New York
PROHIBITION administrators, their assistants, deputies, investigators and agents, and United States attorneys and their assistants, in the enforcement of the National Prohibition Act should closely co-operate with all law enforcement agencies such as state police, county police, municipal police, district attorneys and sheriffs of counties, peace officers of towns and villages, and the officers of the United States Coast Guard and Customs Service.
They should also welcome the assistance of civic bodies, fraternal organizations, churches, committees of citizens and of individuals whose earnest desire it is to encourage and promote the observance as well as the enforcement of the prohibition law.
At the present time this is not being done to any appreciable degree, and in many localities, especially where there is a strong wet sentiment, state, county, municipal and village officials, and the people themselves, not only do nothing for enforcement but actually attempt to shift the entire responsibility to federal officials, and in many instances put obstacles in their way.
On the other hand, federal prohibition officials could have been much more helpful in correcting this deplorable situation had their attitude been less independent and had they shown a real desire for the closest possible co-operation.
There should be a constant, concerted and vigorous drive against the sources of supply, such as illicit commercial