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Vol. XXV, No. 513 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY June 15, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Constantine heads home; a ton of devotion; migrating Moose; riding for a cause; Atlanta hot seat; DiIulio heads home.
It’s in there somewhere: Can police find evidence in a computer hard drive?
Back to school: New Haven sergeants learn problem-solving & leadership.
Case dismissed: Racial profiling furor in NJ leads to dropping of charges.
Who’s next? If you want to investigate the beleaguered NYPD, you’ll have to wait your turn.
Long time coming: After six years, a civil rights commission offers a harsh report on LA’s police & sheriff’s departments.
City life: Can an offer of low-interest mortgages induce NYC cops to live in the city?
Forum: In a lively roundtable discussion, three prominent academicians ponder how far CJ research has come in the past 10 years.
Upcoming Events: Professional development opportunities.

 People & Places

Heading home, I

     After five years as administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration, Thomas A. Constantine abruptly resigned in May, citing the desire to be back among family in Albany, N.Y.
     A former New York State Police trooper who rose to become Superintendent of that agency, the 60-year-old Constantine said his decision was not motivated by politics, although he has been a strident critic of Mexico’s commitment to fighting the flow of drugs into the United States — a position that has put him at odds with the official line of the Clinton Administration...

A ton of devotion

     Snacking on Fig Newtons and passing the time listening to Bruce Springsteen CDs, Kannapolis, N.C., Police Lieut. Ken Woodard sat around in his tent atop a 25-foot steel scaffold in May and waited for the money to roll in — nice work if you can get it.
     The ton of loose change that accumulated beneath his perch, however, was not for him. The money raised by the 59-year-old lieutenant during five days and eight hours — 2,002 pounds in all — is earmarked for the North Carolina Special Olympics...

Moose migration

     In a move that managed to anger local black community leaders, civic organizations and a sizable chunk of the county police force, Montgomery County, Md., Executive Douglas M. Duncan has reached all the way across the country to tap Portland, Ore., Police Chief Charles Moose to lead the 1,030-member department.
     The county’s NAACP chapter was critical of the veil of secrecy Duncan drew around the selection process, which sharply limited public involvement in the proceedings. Nonetheless, the organization was upbeat about the selection of the 45-year-old Moose...

Road warriors

     Roaring into Philadelphia on their Harley-Davidsons recently, some 12,000 bikers who came to town from cities all over the East Coast for a police fundraising event proved that beneath all that chrome beat hearts of gold.
     The Daniel Faulkner Memorial Run on May 23 was held to pay homage to law enforcement officers and to honor the memory of slain Philadelphia Police Officer Daniel Faulkner and raise money for his family. Faulkner, then 25, was shot in the back while on duty on Dec. 8, 1981. His killer, Mumia Abu-Jamal, has been the subject of numerous demonstrations protesting his death sentence and has garnered international support...

Atlanta hot seat

     Theodore Jackson, who was chosen in May as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Atlanta field office, will become the third man to take up the hunt for suspected bomber Eric Rudolph.
     A former deputy assistant director with the bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division, Jackson has also been special agent in charge of the Cincinnati office, where he led the search for a gang of Aryan Republican Army members that robbed 22 banks throughout the Midwest...

Heading home, II

     Dr. John J. DiIulio Jr., a member of the Brookings Institution who has been an influential advocate for national policies that take a hard line against crime, will move to the University of Pennsylvania on July 1, where he will become the Fox Leadership Professor of Politics, Religion and Civil Society.
     DiIulio is an alumnus of the university’s School of Arts and Sciences, and holds a doctorate from Harvard. As founder and director of the Jeremiah Project at the Manhattan Institute, he studies and assists faith-based programs for urban youths and young adults which focuses on achieving literacy and accessing jobs. In addition, DiIulio is senior counsel to Public/Private Ventures and is the founding director of the Brookings Institution’s Center for Public Management...