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Vol. XXXI, No. 636 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY September 2005

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
Singing a new tune: Taser issues safety warning.
The price of principle: BJS director is sacked.
Changes await: Preparing for an influx of rookies.
Out with the old: FBI jettisons ballistics technique.
Red flag: Border-state govs declare emergency.
411: Chiefs want real-time terrorism information.
Getting noticed: Gay-crime unit is cited.
Beast meets West: Is it bestiality or animal abuse in Washington?
In a New York minute: Crime-data takes quantum leap.
Introspection: Fraud crackdown begins at home.
Time Capsules: 25 years ago in LEN.
People & Places: The FBI beckons; called to serve; college gets its man; tweaking a well-oiled machine; the phone goes quiet; silencing the “Rant”; going out on top; comings & goings.
9/11 plus four: A roundup of homeland security developments.
Can we talk? Seeing red over software snafu.
Warming up: One city’s unique approach to cold cases.
Criminal Justice Library: Stamper “kisses and tells”; lessons from Enron; connecting the dots.
Forum: Sharing ideas & making a difference.
Coming home: Police confront prisoner reentry.
Image-building? Cops fight photo disclosure.
On the record: Interrogation taping gains support.

 
 People & Places

The Bureau beckons

     While it will be difficult to replace Los Angeles Police Department counterterrorism chief John Miller, the field of qualified applicants is larger than it might have been, thanks in part to what Miller and Police Chief William Bratton have established over the past three years, experts say.

     Miller announced last month that he would be leaving the LAPD to take a post with the FBI as assistant director of its office of public affairs. ...

Called to serve

     While it was a first for the Nez Perce Tribal Police force in Lewiston, Idaho, becoming the only woman ever named chief was just one in a long line of firsts for Leslie Hendrick.

     An enrolled member of the tribe, the 50-year-old Hendrick was the first Indian to serve as a page in the state Legislature, and was the first woman to serve on the school board in Worley. ...

College gets its man

     Robert Louden, a former commander of the New York City Police Department’s Hostage Negotiation Team, has joined the faculty of Georgian Court University in Lakewood, N.J., as director of its bachelor’s degree program in criminal justice.

     Louden, who holds a doctorate in criminal justice from the City University of New York and a master’s degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, spent 21 years with the NYPD before becoming head of John Jay’s Criminal Justice Training Center....

Tweaking the machine

     The changes that Little Rock, Ark.’s new police chief, Stuart Thomas, says he will make in the agency after he assumed command in July will amount to little more than tweaking a well-oiled machine.

     Thomas is a veteran Little Rock officer who was selected in April from a pool of finalists that included Detective Division commander Capt. David Ebinger and Assistant Chief Carlos Corbin. Corbin had led the department following the retirement on Jan. 1 of Chief Lawrence Johnson....

The phone goes quiet

     The Erich family of Washam, Wyo., has effectively been under house arrest for the past 21 years — but they would not have had it any other way.

     Since 1984, Roberta and Dewey Erich, along with their son Tim, have staffed the Daggett County 911 emergency line. When someone called, it was one of the Erichs who would dispatch fire, police or ambulance service....

Silencing the “Rant”

     An Internet bulletin board where members of the New York City Police Department could say what they feel about the department, the mayor or anything else they’re angry about led to the termination in July of the veteran officer who ran the Web site.

     Edward Polstein, 43, has since filed suit in federal court charging that the NYPD violated his First Amendment rights to free speech. ...

Going out on top

     When it comes to listing police officials who are great administrators, observers say Salt Lake City Chief Rick Dinse deserves to make the cut.

     “He truly cared about the officers, truly cared about their working conditions and them personally,” Capt. Jack Rickards, a 19-year veteran, told The Salt Lake City Tribune. “He was willing to listen and got them willing to listen.”...

Comings and goings

     “If at first you don’t succeed” could be Tampa Assistant Chief Scott Cunningham’s mantra. Although he lost his bid to command that city’s police force, Cunningham has been given the opportunity to lead Cary, N.C., department.

     Cunningham was one of a number of law-enforcement officials who moved up the ranks over the past few months to the top-cop spot....