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Vol. XXV, No. 519 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY October 15, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: A police hat in the ring; life in the fast lane; Stephens gets back in the fray; rumblings & grumblings in New Mexico.
Pre-emptive strike: Spurred by profiling furor, FHP makes plans for traffic stop data collection.
Where the action is: Some Arizona residents are fed up with being the entry-point of choice for illegal immigrants.
Mixed blessing: Retirements means understaffing — and more overtime — for Indiana cops.
Taking aim: Courts, legislators tackle new round of gun-related issues.
Breaking up that old gang:Two new approaches to gang-loitering problems.
Class acts: As a new school year begins, calls go up for tighter security.
Win-win: Louisville public housing scores with “Sober Living” units.
Forum: Community policing is a fraud.
Back to square one: Will a new Waco inquiry lay lingering questions to rest?
Upcoming Events: Opportunities for professional development.

 People & Places

Candid candidate

      What could a former police lieutenant who has never held elected office offer to the people of New York State as a member of the U.S. Senate? Common sense and compassion, says Peter Ruane, who announced his candidacy on the Democratic ticket for the seat being vacated this year by retiring Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan.
      “There seems to be a total lack of common sense with a lot of senators and Congress people,” said Ruane, the sole announced Democratic candidate, to the Associated Press in August...

Slowing ’em down

      Let the AAA howl, but any motorist who cannot slow down to 45 miles per hour while driving through the heart of a small town deserves a speeding ticket, contends Lawtey, Fla., Police Chief M.M. “Butch” Jordan, called the nation’s toughest cop on speeding.
      Jordan, 61, has been chief of Lawtey — population 900 — for the past 38 years, longer than any other chief in the country, it is believed. Truckers gave him the nickname “The Silver Bullet” 31 years ago because they could not lose him in his silver Crown Victoria. The sobriquet is embroidered on his uniform...

Back in action

      In a city that underwent intense scrutiny following a string of police shootings involving black civilians, there are some in Charlotte-Mecklenburg, N.C., who questioned why officials would choose Darrel Stephens as the city’s new chief. After all, they say, his name has been commonly linked with the race-based rioting in which homes and businesses were burned and looted in St. Peterburg, Fla., during his tenure as police chief there from 1992 to 1997.
      But to those who have known and worked with Stephens during his 29-year career in law enforcement, no lawman could be a more natural successor to former Charlotte-Mecklenburg Chief Dennis Nowicki, with whom he shares a policing philosophy and organizational ties. Both are long-time advocates of community-based problem-oriented policing, and both have been actively involved with the Police Executive Research Forum, which Stephens served as executive director...

Desert storm

      A simmering dispute over recent cutbacks in the Clovis, N.M., Police Department has boiled over into a lawsuit filed by Police Chief Harry Boden against the city and city manager for alleged civil rights violations, that included trying to have him fired.
      According to court papers filed in August, Boden was ordered by City Manager Rodger Bennett to reduce the size of the department to a level which the Chief believed was not in the best interests of public safety. In June, Boden wrote letters addressing these concerns to both Bennett and city commissioners. He was then ordered by Bennett not to talk to the commission about the cutbacks or related rumors circulating through the department...