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Vol. XXV, No. 510 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 30, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Stepping out in Louisville; San Diego’s Latino flavor; ins & outs; PERF-ect pair; change of attitude.
Old & in the way? Using retired troopers to track sex offenders ruffles a union’s feathers.
Experience factor: Cincinnati’s field trainers may need more time on the job.
Breaking up is hard to do: Butte police local can’t break its ties to national parent.
Get out & stay out: One-time home of Al Capone gives gangs the boot.
Changing landscape: Colorado school massacre & the politics of gun control.
Forum:God vs. gangs — addressing crime & disorder while “deracializing” law enforcement.
“Show us the money”: Arkansas police force fights for its share of $3 million in forfeited assets.
And the real killer is...: NJ town stumbles in search for cop’s murderer.
Upcoming Events: Professional development opportunities.

 People & Places

Chief steps out

     Vowing to bring the department closer to the community, Louisville’s new Police Chief, Gene Sherrard, wants it known that the chief’s office will no longer be someplace downtown, but in each of the city’s five police districts.
     A former commander of the department’s homicide squad, the 46-year-old Sherrard was sworn in on April 12 by Mayor Dave Armstrong. He replaces Doug Hamilton, who was hired in 1990 by then-Mayor Jerry Abramson and dismissed in January when Armstrong decided he wanted to choose his own person for the post...

Latino flavor

     Despite a warning from a finalist in the running for San Diego police chief that the confirmation of David Bejarano would plunge the city into a morass of legal battles, City Council members nonetheless unanimously approved his nomination, making Bejarano the first Latino chief of the department.
     The objections were raised during a tense City Council meeting on April 27 by Assistant Chief Rulette Armstead, the agency’s highest-ranking African-American woman. She had tried to block Bejarano’s confirmation until an independent investigation of the selection process could be conducted, but lost in court...

Out, in; out; in

     Twice in less than a week, Marquette, Iowa, Police Chief Robyn Hedemann has been fired by the City Council for “unsatisfactory performance,” then rehired on the spot by Mayor Eleanor Soulli.
     Hedemann was first ousted by a unanimous vote of the council on April 15, and Soulli promptly reappointed him, insisting that under the state code she had the authority to name a police chief. After the same scenario was played out a second time five days later, City Council members voted to reduce Hedemann’s salary from $12.85 to $5.50 an hour. That action, too, was rejected by Soulli, although the council then overrode her veto...

Two cuts above

     Hailed as a thoughtful and articulate leader in policing, Arlington County, Va., Police Chief Edward A. Flynn in April became the latest in a long line of law enforcement achievers to be singled out for the Police Executive Research Forum’s Gary P. Hayes Award.
     The award, one of PERF’s highest honors, is given annually to a police executive who has shown vision, creativity and innovation in the field of law enforcement. It was presented at PERF’s annual meeting in San Francisco on April 30...

A new attitude

     Five years from now, old-timers at the Cumberland County, Me., Sheriff’s Department will not be able to recognize the patrol division and jail — and that’s a good thing, said Lieut. Richard Elliot, a 30-year veteran of the agency.
     The welcome changes are being planned by new Sheriff Mark Dion and his Chief Deputy, Richard Gagliano, both former Portland police officers. With just 100 days on the job, Dion told The Portland Herald he will be reviewing every aspect of the organization from its major contracts to its relationship with the State Police...