Law Enforcement News

Vol. XXV, No. 521 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY November 15, 1999

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Walk, don’t run; award-winner’s mixed emotions; Buck stops here; saluting TOP COPS.
Liquid assets: Cops train to handle suspects in fluid situations.
Going mobile: Louisville’s new approach to containing civil unrest.
Sign of the times: For some offenders, a dose of public shame can work wonders.
Be on the lookout: Sheriff asks residents to help spot meth labs.
Not in our town you don’t: Philadelphia seeks help in keeping suburbanite druggies out of “the Badlands.”
One man’s soapbox: Sheriff’s Web page message pulls no punches.
Problem solved: Green Bay cops earn kudos for downtown improvement effort.
Thanks but no thanks: PD rejects prosecutor’s input, decides to go it alone on reform.
Forum: An American sergeant finds lessons on combating police violence in the slums of Rio.

 People & Places

Walk, don’t run

      Samuel Cicchino considers his training as a Federal law enforcement officer to be comparable, even superior, to anything required under Ohio state law, Apparently, though, it’s not enough to qualify him as a candidate for county sheriff in Ohio.
      Cicchino, who is Deputy Chief U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of Ohio, was told recently that he could not run without being certified by the Ohio Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. A Fairfield County Common Pleas Court in October denied Cicchino’s application for candidacy because he did not have state peace-officer certification, which requires 440 hours of training...

Mixed emotions

      When Newark, N.J., Police Officer David Foster stepped up to the podium at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference last month, it was mixed emotions that he accepted the IACP/Parade magazine Police Officer of the Year award.
      Foster remains haunted by the memory of how close he came to being killed 12 months ago when he tried to shield a rape victim from her murderous boyfriend. At the same time, he is more than a bit unsettled by the realization that his heroic actions indirectly cost him his career...

Buck stops here

      Oliver “Buck” Revell, a former associate deputy director of the FBI, is putting his 30-plus years of law enforcement experience at the service of others in the field as the new president of the Law Enforcement Training Network.
      Revell, whose long career with the bureau included work on the investigation of the terrorist bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland, continues to advise the National Security Council, the Pentagon and the Justice Department on issues including organized crime, terrorism, white-collar crime and drug enforcement. As president of LETN, he will oversee content and program development at the satellite television and Internet-delivered training network, as well as marketing initiatives aimed at building stronger relationships with local, state and Federal law enforcement agencies...

Call of the wild is one for help
TOP COPS hails Alaska trooper

      Rarely does police work sound quite as cinematic as this: An Alaska state trooper receives a call that 10 people are being held at gunpoint by robbers who demand safe passage down a wild and remote river in wilderness 400 miles from Fairbanks. The trooper takes off — alone — to track the suspects down. He captures them, but on the way back his plane’s engine fails and he is forced to make an emergency landing.
      In the last scene, the trooper books all of the gunmen into the Fairbanks State Jail, where they are all charged with robbery and assault...