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Vol. XXVII, No. 564 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY October 31, 2001

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Command presence; cop rock; shooting gallery; early departure; agency heads among the WTC dead.
Lost in the shuffle: Report card gives 911 systems a ‘B.’
Taking a back seat: Privacy of officers’ personnel files takes a hit in court.
The last full measure of devotion: Law enforcement personnel dead or still missing at the World Trade Center.
Drop in the bucket: FBI says hate crimes are a small fraction of reported offenses.
Facing up to profiling: Supreme Court takes a pass on appeal.
Gangland on-line: Gangs use Web sites to tout their lifestyle, recruit new members.
Payback: Despite austerity, sheriff says he’ll honor a debt to watch out for elderly.
Forum: It’s time to arm pilots, among other steps.
Under the radar: Local agencies suffer, almost unnoticed, from the strain of stretched resources.

 
 People & Places

Command presence

      While all three candidates for the chief’s job in Dayton, Ohio were outstanding, city officials said this month, it was the “commanding presence” of William P. McManus that tipped the scales in his favor.
      McManus, an assistant chief with the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police Department, will assume command of the 500-member Dayton force in January. A 26-year law enforcement veteran, McManus was chosen over Patrick L. Stephens, the deputy chief of field operations in Cleveland, and James L. Younger, the deputy chief of Arlington County, Va...

Cop rock

      In Smithfield, Va., where the town’s police chief rocks the house on the weekends with cover tunes of Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and Steppenwolf, loud music and law enforcement are definitely not mutually exclusive.
      Mark Marshall, 42, has been a guitar player most of his life, but he put music aside once the demands of law enforcement and his family began to consume more of his time. He jammed around Richmond while a student at Virginia Commonwealth University, and went on to become an officer with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. He joined the Smithfield Police Department in 1986 and was named chief six years later...

Shooting gallery

      The term “jail-house art” has taken on a whole new meaning in St. Louis, where a patrol officer for the county’s MetroLink transit line bought a vacant station house last year and has turned it into one of the area’s hottest art galleries.
      It is still easy to confuse Mad Art with an operating police station, said Ron Buechele, a 14-year law enforcement veteran and artist. The “police” marquee still hangs outside the building, and Buechele kept the booking desk and holding cells...

From the top down Agency heads among the WTC death toll

      Friends, family and colleagues of Charles Mills, director of the Petroleum, Alcohol and Tobacco Bureau for the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance, were not surprised that he lost his life in the World Trade Center attack helping his staff members on to the last elevator to reach the ground safely last month.
      The 61-year-old Mills, a former police commissioner of Schenectady, N.Y., and public safety director of Troy, had also served 26 years with the New York City Transit Police, rising to the rank of assistant chief. He took the state tax-enforcement post in 1996. Mills was a graduate of John Jay College of Criminal Justice and also held a master’s degree in public administration from Long Island University...

Early departure

      North Las Vegas city officials were guarded this month about the circumstances surrounding the abrupt retirement, two years ahead of schedule, of Police Chief Joey Tillmon.
      According to City Manager Kurt Fritsch, the 48-year-old chief had met with Mayor Michael Montandon to discuss the possibility of his taking early retirement. “They had both reached a mutual agreement on early retirement,” Fritsch told The Las Vegas Review-Journal. “It was a negotiated discussion. We were ready to make some changes at the same time [Tillmon] was”...