Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXV, No. 509 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 15, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Lured back as chief; forward-looking dean; youth shall be served; a change of habitat; No. 2 no longer.
Seizure behind the wheel: A no-nonsense approach to confiscating DWI drivers’ vehicles.
Search me: Supreme Court expands the limits of traffic-stop searches.
Who are you? Identity theft is becoming a big-time headache for victims and law enforcement.
The color of policing: Is the New Jersey SP overly tough on minority troopers?
Hit ’em where they live: Promotional credit for city residency gets scaled back in New York.
Eyes in the sky: Satellite-based system keeps closer tabs on parolees.
Forum: The effects of irresponsible civilian complaints — the more things change. . .
Privacy rules: Court upholds confidentiality of police personnel files in misconduct case.
Realty reality: Megan’s Law listings on the Internet affect real estate transactions.
Upcoming Events: Professional development opportunities.

 People & Places

Lured back

     After nearly three decades with the Winston-Salem, N.C., Police Department, Linda G. Davis had been looking forward to her retirement at the rank of assistant chief. Nonetheless, it didn’t take much encouragement to get her back on the job when the opportunity arose for her to take on the post of interim chief and then chief of her old department.
     “There were some things here that needed to be addressed, and obviously I have quite an affinity for this place and the people who work here,” she said in an interview with Law Enforcement News. “To have the chance to do some things for the people and the city was quite a lure.”...

Looking ahead

     The College of Law Enforcement at Eastern Kentucky University has state-of-the-art facilities, cutting-edge programs and now, a forward-looking new dean, Dr. Gary Cordner, who plans to expand the curriculum to include an even wider breadth of programs.
     A 23-year law enforcement veteran who holds a doctorate in social sciences, Cordner is president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has served as acting dean of the college since 1997 and heads an EKU academic program that was endorsed by the Council on Postsecondary Education last year as a Justice and Safety Program of Distinction...

Youth is served

     No one ever said you had to be old to long for a return to “old-time policing values,” and Police Chief Trevor Whipple of Barre, Vt., is testimony to that. Whipple was a 36-year-old corporal last year when city officials, seeking a police chief who would be the best “fit” for the community, propelled him over several higher-ranking candidates, based on his community service and law enforcement experience.
     The appointment of Whipple won immediate kudos from local newspaper editorial writers, who hailed him for his experience and compassion and said he represented a new wave in law enforcement. He took command of the 18-member department in January, announcing that he planned no major changes other than trying to effect a return to traditional values and approaches, with an emphasis on getting his officers out of their cars and into the town square...

Job change

     Pocatello, Idaho Police Chief Lynn Harris is guessing that he has about another 10 years in his working life, and so decided that he would rather spend the time remodeling houses —work he has engaged in part time throughout a 30-year law enforcement career.
     “I’m going to change jobs is what it amounts to,” said the 50-year-old Harris. The announcement did not surprise officials, whom Harris had informed months ago that he intended to retire as soon as he qualified under the state’s Public Employment Retirement System. His last day on the job will be May 17...

No more No. 2

     Stepping in as interim Police Director of Memphis, Tenn., will be as much an opportunity as a challenge, said William Oldham who was picked in March by Mayor Willie Herenton to head the 1,800-member department following the abrupt departure of Director Walter Winfrey.
     Oldham, a 26-year veteran, had been the department’s deputy director, having been appointed by Winfrey to the No. 2 spot in December 1994. He has served as a patrolman or supervisor in nearly all the city’s precincts, and as commander of special operations. “I believe that what I have in place prepares me for this position, and I look forward to the challenge,” he told The Memphis Commercial Appeal...