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Vol. XXIX, Nos. 599, 600 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY May 15/31, 2003

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Eye-opener in Chicago; heading home; horse trading; Wearing out; a CLEAR favorite; King gives up throne; uncertain exit.
Not-so-Smart case: Salt Lake police faulted for kidnap investigation.
Amber Alert: Bush signs child-protection bill.
Wise up: Report says law enforcement is slow to adopt “smarter” policing.
Over there: U.S. cops wanted for post-war duty in Iraq.
Questions & answers: Seeking to reverse a 3-year climb in DWI deaths.
Second thoughts: Court reverses itself on trooper lawsuits.
Opportunity knocks: Hostage negotiation meets domestic violence, and training is born.
Getting tough: Following a brutal murder, Colorado tries to put the squeeze on police impersonators.
Rocky roads: Lawsuits against gun industry face obstacles, while Bush backs renewed assault-weapon ban.
Hail, seizure: County speeds the pace of civil forfeiture.
Forum: The blue plague of policing; requiem for a warrior.
Click it or...: Fears of racial profiling are said to thwart seat-belt laws.

 
 People & Places

Eye-opener

     Chicago Police Supt. Terry Hillard survived a tour as a Marine in Vietnam, getting shot, and a bout with colon cancer. But when his close friend, First Deputy Supt. John Thomas — who was six years younger than Hillard — died of a heart attack earlier this year at age 53, it shook him.

     “That hit me hard,” he said. “I really did. It told me, ‘You’ve got 35 years on this job. You’re in the sixth year of superintendency. Look back and think about Terry Hillard.’” ...

Home again

     Promising no change just for change’s sake, Theodore Kohuth, a Pennsylvania State Police troop commander, returned this month to the town where he spent a portion of his childhood to lead its police department.

     Kohuth said he is comfortable in Whitehall Township, and felt he knew the residents and they knew him. A graduate of the State Police Academy in Hershey, Kohuth was assigned to the Pennsylvania Turnpike patrol in 1978. He retired this month as commander of Troop M, a position he had held since 1997...

Horse trading

     When John McDermott, a New Jersey police officer, had to choose between a pursuing a career in horse-training or continuing one in law enforcement, it was the ponies that won by a nose.

     McDermott, 37, hung up his badge and became a full-time trainer at the Meadowlands Racetrack in 1999...

Wearing out

     New Haven, Conn., Police Chief Melvin H. Wearing will be leaving the city where he has spent his 35-year career at a time when its crime rate is at its lowest level in years.

     Wearing, who has led the agency since 1997, was one of 21 department officials who recently took advantage of a $20,000 early retirement package offered by the city. Assistant Chief Douglas McDonald also took early retirement, leaving newly promoted Assistant Chief Francisco Ortiz as the department’s highest-ranking officer...

CLEAR favorite

     Ron Huberman, an assistant deputy superintendent with the Chicago Police Department who played a key role in the development and implementation the cutting-edge network known as the Citizen and Law Enforcement Analysis and Reporting (CLEAR) system, has been chosen by the Police Executive Research Forum as the winner of the 2003 Gary P. Hayes Memorial Award.

     “Ron Huberman is a perfect choice for this award,” said Chicago Deputy Supt. Barbara McDonald, a PERF board member. “Those of us lucky enough to work with him see his commitment to our profession every day. He represents the very best in policing.” ...

Time’s up

     Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Police Chief Kenneth King turned in his retirement papers in April after having led the 70-member force for 17 years.

     “He’s made up his mind,” Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Curley told The Albany Times Union. “He has over 30 years in. I’ve come to respect Kenny a lot. He’s been a big help to me. He’s leaving a legacy.” ...

Going, going. . .

     Brimfield, Mass., officials were surprised when their part-time chief of 2˝ years, John D. Jovan Jr., handed in his resignation in April. They were even more dumbfounded when he told them a week later that he was considering rescinding it.

     For two weeks last month, it appeared uncertain just who would be chief. The situation would be vexing at any time, but it was especially so coming just weeks before the town held the first of its thrice-yearly antiques fairs, the largest such event in New England...